Lecture 13 - Eating Disorders and Obesity (Guest Lecture by B. Timothy Walsh)

author: B. Timothy Walsh, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Sept. 27, 2010,   recorded: October 2008,   views: 6050
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Guest lecturer Dr. Timothy Walsh offers a glimpse into current psychiatric understanding of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. He takes students inside the psychology of an eating disorder and the medical and behavioral complications that patients may experience. Dr. Walsh then explores the issues behind diagnosing, treating, and understanding these disorders from the doctor's perspective as well. He reviews the demographic, physical, psychological characteristics of typical patients who suffer from these disorders, and theorizes that the development of eating disorders comes from multifactorial interactions that make some people more vulnerable than others.

Reading assignment:

National Institute of Mental Health. "Eating Disorders." Washington, DC., 2007 [PDF]

Wilson, G. Terence, Carlos M. Grilo and Kelly M. Vitousek. "Psychological Treatment of Eating Disorders." American Psychologist, 62 (2007), pp. 199-216

Wilson, G. Terence and Roz Shafran. "Eating Disorders Guidelines from NICE." Lancet, 365 (2005), pp. 79-81

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