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Call for Papers: Context Matters: Environmental Influences on Eating disorders, Disordered eating and Body Image

New Content ItemWithin 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

New Content ItemIn 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.


Thematic series

Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Restricting Eating Disorders (Edited by Prof. Dr. Ivan Eisler, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schmidt and Prof. Dr. Daniel Le Grange)

Eating disorder treatment practice standards

Eating Disorders in the time of COVID-19 outbreak - Implications for now and the future (Edited by Profs. Hubert Lacey, Phillipa Hay and Stephen Touyz)

Eating Disorders, Emotions and Mood Disorders (Edited by Profs. Phillipa Hay and Stephen Touyz)

Diabetes and Eating Disorders – a complex co-morbidity (Edited by Prof. Paul Copeland)

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Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Restricting Eating Disorders

Eating disorder treatment practice standards

Aims and scope

Journal of Eating Disorders is the first open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing leading research in the science and clinical practice of eating disorders. It disseminates research that provides answers to the important issues and key challenges in the field of eating disorders and to facilitate translation of evidence into practice.

Journal prize winners

Journal of Eating Disorders Editors 2020 Prize, for the research paper that was selected on scientific merit from the papers that had the highest citation contribution in the years relevant to the 2019 Journal Impact Factor calculation is awarded to Sahib S. Khalsa for 
What happens after treatment? A systematic review of relapse, remission, and recovery in anorexia nervosa

The Journal of Eating Disorders Editors also sponsored the following:

The Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders & Academy of Eating Disorders Virtual International Conference on Eating Disorders poster prize to Caroline West, for Dietary Self-Efficacy in the Presence of Food Buffers the Association between Food Insecurity and Uncontrolled Eating in Low-Income Adolescents

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