Current Research in Psychology

Obesity, Eating Disorders and Body Image Disturbance


This special issue aims to provide a forum for studies related to eating disorders, obesity and body image concerns. Obesity is now being treated as a chronic disease estimated to account for between 0.7% and 2.8% of a country's total healthcare expenditures. Obesity is a leading cause of death and disease and being an overweight or obese adult results in physical issues such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, musculoskeletal, skin and respiratory problems, and psychosocial problems including eating disorders and depression. Unfortunately the prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents is also increasing. The number of overweight children and adolescents in the United States has doubled in the last three decades, and similar rates are occurring worldwide. Comorbid conditions and complications which have always previously been associated with adulthood are now presenting in children: type 2 diabetes hypertension, lipid abnormalities, and pulmonary problems including obstructive sleep apnea and exacerbation of asthma. Psychological outcomes of being overweight in childhood include depression, self-esteem, social adjustment, body size dissatisfaction, and weight-related teasing and exclusion by parents and peers.

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is the 3rd most common chronic adolescent issue and the most fatal of all psychiatric conditions, and the true incidence of Bulimia Nervosa (BN) is estimated to be as high as one in five in the student population. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males. This issue will publish reviews, clinical case studies and research articles. Our aim is to encourage researchers to publish experimental observations, as well as clinical studies. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Full experimental and methodological details, as applicable, must be provided. Current Research in Psychology is an academic peer reviewed journal which covers fields of applied discipline involving the systematic, and often scientific, study of human/animal mental functions and behavior, including issues related to everyday life. This journal is an open access and devoted to the publication of research / review articles -

Especially welcomed are:

  1. Manuscripts regarding original research proposals and research ideas

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. All aspects of eating disorders, obesity and body image concerns, namely their epidemiology, nature, determinants, neurobiology, prevention, treatment and outcomes
  2. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating disorders
  3. Related areas such as important co-morbidities, obesity, body image, appetite, food and eating
  4. Clinical practice, and policy related to eating disorders and obesity

Guest Editors

Dr Peta Stapleton Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Bond University