Society View of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are just some of the more common conditions that are little understood even by the experts. This is the reason why some types of such disorders are a challenge to diagnose accurately in some patients. This lack of understanding of certain eating disorders also makes it hard for medical experts to determine certain eating disorders based on current diagnostic criteria. But further research would aim to change that.

In a recent report, psychologists would be on hand to lend their expertise on the subject of eating disorders for a revision on the fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which will be due on 2012. A number of psychologists would become part of an 11 member DSM Eating Disorders Work Group. Other psychologists would be on hand to conduct some cutting edge research and share their findings to the said group for research based recommendations.

Eating Disorder Issues

The two groups would be considering several diagnostic issues related to eating disorders. Many of them may be related as to whether there is a need to create a new type of eating disorder diagnoses or to allow more flexibility to current diagnostic criteria for such conditions. The work groups would also be exploring current diagnosis criteria for conditions belonging to the Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified category. Experts believe that around 60 to 65 percent of all diagnosis ends up in the said category.

Binge Eating Disorder

The work group would also be considering whether to make binge-eating disorder as an official diagnosis. Currently, it is included in the Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified category. The group would try to determine whether people with the condition would differ over time as compared to other groups that do not meet the current binge eating criteria. Further examination of such issues would be closely looked into by the group in the said review.

Other issues would include exploring on the classification of binge eating disorders in children, how to include the cultural impact factor on eating disorders as well as the proper definition for "binge". The work group would also be completing a literature review where the findings would then be published. Options for change and comments would be provided. After further work and taking added inputs into account, the work group would then be making their formal recommendations to the DSM Task Force, which is responsible for making the final revisions.

Source: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/04/eating-disorder.html