22 January 2013

Journal of Eating Disorders Launched

The Journal of Eating Disorders, a peer reviewed, open access published journal was launched by BioMed Central. It covers leading research in the science and clinical practice of eating disorders.

Eating disorders affect the daily eating habits of a person. A person with an eating disorder may feel high anxiety, severe though disturbances, and a sense of guilt. An eating disorder may result in the consumption of extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating.

Eating disorders tend to manifest during the the teen years of a person. Recent statistics from the National Comorbidity Survey – Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), show a lifetime prevalence of eating disorders for 2.7% of teens aged 13 to 18. A separate 2.7% of teens also show a lifetime prevalence of severe eating disorders. Of these, twice more females (3.5%) suffer from an eating disorder than male teens (1.5%).

Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

Journal of Eating Disorders

Open access publisher BioMed Central is proud to announce the launch of the Journal of Eating Disorders. This journal launch marks a significant development in this area of research; as it is the first open access journal of its kind. Journal of Eating Disorders is co-edited by Prof Phillipa Hay, University of Western Sydney and Prof Stephen Touyz, University of Sydney together with an editorial board of prominent experts.

Deborah Kahn, BioMed Central's Publishing Director says, "The Journal of Eating Disorders is led by a team of over 50 internationally renowned scientists and clinicians in the field. BioMed Central is delighted to have the opportunity to publish this new open access title, and we look forward to helping this important journal make a global impact in advancing the understanding of eating disorders."

Video: Eating Disorders from the Inside Out

Journal of Eating Disorders aims to disseminate research that provides answers to the important issues and key challenges in the field and to facilitate translation of evidence into practice.

The first papers published reflect the breadth diversity and scope of this journal. One study examines the relationship between internalized weight bias and quality of life relating to both physical and mental health in 120 overweight or obese participants. Another investigates the role of perfectionism in body dissatisfaction in a large sample of adult women. A systematic review point to the urgent need for more research in eating disorders from other cultures.

Co Editor-in-Chief Stephen Touyz, comments "A new era of open access publishing in eating disorders has arrived. The way we communicate our scientific findings is undergoing a metamorphosis and science has to adapt to meet these challenges. We have undoubtedly 'crossed the Rubicon' and science as an open enterprise is now upon us."


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