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Addict Behav. 1996 Nov-Dec;21(6):767-78.

Future directions in obesity and eating disorders.

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Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


The purpose of this article is to explore future directions in the treatment of obesity and eating disorders. After briefly reviewing the costs of eating disorders, in terms of morbidity, mortality, and economics, we provide suggestions for future research and treatment. We first focus on changes that should be considered to improve etiological and outcome research, with the idea that a better understanding of etiological factors will lead to better interventions. We then examine promising treatment approaches, public health initiatives, and the importance of focusing on health and self-acceptance as valid treatment outcomes.

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