Expert corner

  • Eating Disorders in a Capitalist World: Super Woman or a Super Failure?  by Jelena Balabanić Mavrović Providing a new perspective on female identity, Eating Disorders in a Capitalist World offers a complete insight into the world of eating disorders in today’s society, exposing how new forms of freedom for women have also become new forms of self-surveillance.

  • PhD Jelena Balabanić Mavrović in her dissertation Sociological aspects of body, eating and gender roles' expectations in females suffering from eating disorders presented the personal world of girls and women with ED. The analysis was based on in-depth interviews conducted with 30 interviewees who shared their experiences of living with anorexia and bulimia. Read the summary here Balabanic Mavrovic 2022 summary.pdf



  • Finn Skarderud, Norwegian psychiatrist, eating disorders expert, has published a sequel from 3 scientific papers under the title Eating One's Words: Concretised Metaphors’ and Reflective Function in Anorexia Nervosa—An Interview Study (European Eating Disorders Review, 2007).

In the first part, containing a study of semi-structured interviews of 10 female patients, prof. Skarderud has shown that in anorexia nervosa symbolization of meaning takes place in one’s own body, and body metaphors represent emotional, social and moral phenomena, reflecting weak reflexive capacity of eating disorders' sufferers. Eating-ones-words-I.pdf

In second part, prof.Skarderud has presented different theoretical models to examine damaged reflexive function of anorexic patients, emphasizing psychodynamic model of using body in crating metaphors. Eating-ones-words-II.pdf

Third scientific paper is dedicated to metallization as psychotherapeutic model of work with anorexic patients, and it offers a draft for future workbook for treatment and training of psychotherapists. Eating-ones-words-III.pdf

Long-term Outcome Study of Residential Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, by prof.T.D.Brewerton and C.Costin has been presented on American Congress of Academy for Eating Disorders, 2008. Ten years after leaving Monte Nido Clinic, California, 61% of patients showed complete recovery from bulimia (complete cessation of binge eating, purging and other compensatory behaviours). 70% of women who have had in the past suffered from anorexia nervosa, a decade after residential treatment maintained a healthy weight (BMI> 18), and 42% of them had additionally resumption of normal menses.     

Long-term Outcome of Residential Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.FINAL_.pdf

In this article published in Psychological Topics 19 (2010), prof.Riccardo Dalle Grave presents the work of Department of Eating and Weight Disorder, Villa Garda Hospital, Italy on the basis of Inpatient Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Severe Eating Disorders. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is scientifically validated treatment of bulimia, but it also shows valuable results in treatment of anorexia nervosa and EDNOS. To find out more on enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT-E) for eating disorders search for articles of prof.Ch.Fairburn and Croatian expert prof.Pokrajac-Bulian (University of Philosophy in Rijeka, Croatia).  Dalle_Grave_R_Inpatient_Cognitive_Behavior_Therapy.pdf




Professor Janet Treasure is a specialist in the treatment and research of eating disorders, author of more than 300 peer-reviewed research articles. Some of her newest and most popular articles are Psychopharmacological advances in eating disorders (2018), The Maudsley Outpatient Study of Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa and Related Conditions (MOSAIC): Comparison of the Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) With Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) in Outpatients With Broadly Defined Anorexia Nervosa: A Randomized Controlled Trial (2015), Randomised control trial of the effectiveness of an integrated psychosocial health promotion intervention aimed at improving health and reducing substance use in established psychosis (IMPaCT) (2017). She is the author and editor of several books regarding eating disorders: Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder (2017) and currently is working on Training Manual for Skills- Based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder.