Literature on eating disorders during 40 years: Increasing number of papers, emergence of bulimia nervosa

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The growth of the literature on eating disorders during four decades is described, especially the development of literature on bulimia. The study is based on a database, ED40, that contains more than 14,000 references to articles on ED from 1960 to 1999. The references were imported from Medline(R) and PsycINFO(R). A broad search method included articles on the physiology of hunger and satiety. The main data, of the analysis are the total number of references per year, and the percentage of references per year that contain certain words or phrases. Over the 40 years an almost 27-fold increase has occurred in the number of references in ED40, while the increase in Medline is about 4-fold. A study of the relative increase shows a recent stagnation of the growth in the ED literature. The clinical emergence of bulimia nervosa and some epidemiological findings are discussed in relation to the increase of literature on bulimia. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.


  • Sten Theander
Research areas and keywords

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  • Psychiatry


  • eating disorders, bulimia nervosa, history, literature, epidemiology, databases
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-398
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch