Appetite and Eating Disorders

The incredible evolution of our diet

With such a diversity and abundance of foods, it seems that natural regulation of appetite and dietary intake is increasingly problematic. Eating disorders are thus increasingly common in Western societies. Anorexia nervosa, for example, traditionally manifests itself in the upper and middle class, in families where social advancement and success in school are very important. It especially affects girls (on average, six to ten girls for one boy) in the 12-to-14 and 18-to-20 age categories. The same is true for bulimia (five to seven girls for one boy), but it especially appears toward the end of adolescence, between ages 18 and 20.

Eating disorders: mechanisms and solutions

This monograph, published by the Louis Bonduelle Foundation, first describes the mechanisms of normal regulation of appetite and dietary intake, then focuses on disorders that can be associated with this dietary intake (eating disorders, overweight, and obesity), and finally proposes solutions for treating these problems.