Eating Disorders

Section Board

Palmiero MONTELEONE, Chair

Janet TREASURE, Co-Chair

Gabriella MILOS, Secretary

Aims & Objectives

Section's mission

Eating disorders are one of the most common health problems in adolescents and young adults of Western countries. They are more common in females and include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and other unspecified or otherwise specified eating disorders. Although they are primarily psychiatric disorders, they may have serious and severe consequences on the physical health of affected people, representing one of the most frequent causes of disability for young people, carrying also a significant risk for death. The WHO identified eating disorders as a priority for the mental health of adolescents and young adults. The EPA section “Eating Disorders” is aimed to promote high standards in research, training and clinical practice in the field of so severe and disabling psychiatric disorders.

Section's objectives

  1. To enhance the attention of both mental and non-mental health specialists (practitioners) toward eating disorders
  2. To disseminate updated knowledge relevant to etiopathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders
  3. To advance the development of evidence-based therapeutic interventions
  4. To develop proposals for adoption as EPA consensus and position statements in the field of eating disorders
  5. To encourage research on the identification of at risk subjects
  6. To establish working relations with national and international organizations sharing the goals of the EPA in the field of the Section
  7. To address ethical issues in research and clinical care involving people with schizophrenia
  8. To identify unmet needs and means to address them
  9. To develop and deliver training courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development
  10. To compare clinical service, training, research and policy across Europe
  11. To share information of different practices and legislation in different parts of Europe
  12. To fight stigma and discrimination of people with eating disorders
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