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Special Issue "The Associations between Eating Disorders and Psychological Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 153

Special Issue Editor

1. Department of Medicine, Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA
2. Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital, South Texas VA Health System, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA
Interests: eating disorders; women’s health; aging; body image; psychological health and wellbeing; psychological interventions for eating pathology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Eating Disorders (ED) are serious health conditions with high rates of psychiatric comorbidity, medical complications, and elevated mortality risk, thus representing a significant public health problem. ED pathology, which occurs on a continuum and with heterogeneous etiology and presentation, is both predictive of psychological distress longitudinally and is associated with a poorer quality of life. Yet, more research is needed to better understand the intricacies of ED pathology and psychological health with regard to specific populations (especially those historically under-represented in the literature), etiology and trajectories of illness, common risk factors, and broader implications for prevention, treatment, and policy. 

This Special Issue will highlight cutting-edge research on the associations between ED pathology and psychological health. Of particular interest are studies that emphasize the following areas: (1) unique and shared risk factors in understudied or under-represented populations; (2) trajectories of ED pathology and psychological health; shared resilience factors related to ED pathology and psychological health; (3) novel examination of social, environmental, policy, or interactional factors relevant in comorbid disordered eating and psychopathology (e.g., weight stigma, intersectionality, and food insecurity); (4) intervention/prevention studies targeting EDs and comorbid psychopathology; (5) inter- and multi-disciplinary efforts to identify new understandings through collaboration; and 6) the application of new models or techniques to understand the associations between EDs and psychological health. 

Dr. Lisa Smith Kilpela
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • eating disorders
  • eating pathology
  • mental health
  • psychological health
  • psychopathology
  • comorbidity
  • weight stigma
  • etiology
  • risk factors
  • behavioral interventions

Published Papers

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