Call for Papers: Context Matters: Environmental Influences on Eating disorders, Disordered eating and Body Image
Within some environments, the development of eating disorder symptoms - such as binge eating, strict weight control, or over-valuation of one's body weight or shape - may appear to be logical, if not functional. Many, but not all, aetiological models consider the environment in the onset and maintenance of eating disorders. This Special Issue explores the extent to which eating disorders (inclusive of body image disturbance and disordered eating) are (at least in part) an injurious result of or are exacerbated/maintained by the environment within which one is exposed. Submissions (original articles, commentaries and reviews) are invited that critically examine the role of a range of contexts, including but not limited to the natural environment (e.g., seasons, climate, access to blue and green space), the family environment (e.g., relationships with parents and siblings, birth order), and the socio-political/cultural/economic environment (e.g., socioeconomic, legal, employment, housing, religious, war exposure, sports involvement). We particularly welcome studies coming from an epidemiological, public health, intersectional and/or health economics lens.
Guest Editors: Dr Long Le, Dr Deborah Mitchison, and Professor Bryn Austin
Submission deadline: 30 May 2022
Call for Papers: Improving the future by understanding the present: evidence reviews for the field of eating disorders
In order to advance research in ratings disorders and determine priorities for investment there is an imperative to synthesise advances and identify critical gaps in knowledge. The 2021-2031 Australian Eating Disorder Research and Translation Strategy, a two-year national consultation and collaboration process, included a broad Rapid Review of existing eating disorder literature to map the current evidence-base and inform the development of national research priorities.
A Rapid Review attempts to understand a field of study in its entirety, predominantly to guide decision making processes and address urgent health concerns, and here aims to lay a groundwork of nationally consistent data. This special edition captures the available peer-reviewed literature relating to the six primary eating disorder diagnostic groups (as defined by the DSM-5), across eight key research areas: (1) Population, prevalence, disease burden, and quality of life in Western developed countries; (2) Risk factors; (3) Comorbid conditions and medical complications; (4) Screening and diagnosis; (5) Prevention and early intervention; (6) Psychotherapies and models of care; (7) Pharmacotherapies, alternative & adjunctive therapies; and (8) Outcomes (includes: relapse prevention and mortality).
Led by the InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders (Sydney, Australia) and driven by Australia’s expert lived experience and eating disorder research community, the review series lays the foundation to improve the future by understanding the present.
Guest editors: Dr. Sarah Maguire, Dr. Jane Miskovic-Wheatley and Dr. Phillip Aouad
Submission deadline: October 2022
COVID-19 and impact on peer review
As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.