The physical and mental health consequences of body image problems, eating disorders, and obesity in children and adolescents can be serious and can extend into adulthood. But as the empirical data presented in this second edition of a landmark volume show, these disorders are preventable and treatable. Research in these three areas has exploded since the publication of the first edition of Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth, and in these new pages leading researchers and practitioners detail recent progress in treatment and discuss areas of persisting challenge.

Risk factors for these conditions appear early in development, and many of these factors are social and familial. Cultural variables play a powerful role, too, and the authors in this book demonstrate how body image and eating problems present and vary across ethnic groups and in boys and girls. No other volume considers all three of these challenging areas together, and no other volume provides the same range of information, from very early experience through treatment. All chapters are empirically based and contain suggestions for future research. This book assimilates up-to-date information into a form that is readily accessible by clinicians, researchers, and students.

Table of Contents



I. Introduction

Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Introduction to the Second Edition
—Linda Smolak and J. Kevin Thompson

II. Foundations

  1. Early Parental Influence and Risk for the Emergence of Disordered Eating
    —Jennifer O. Fisher, Meghan M. Sinton, and Leann L. Birch
  2. Defining Eating Disorders in Children
    —Beth Watkins and Bryan Lask
  3. Body Image in Girls
    —Eleanor H. Wertheim, Susan J. Paxton, and Simone Blaney
  4. Body Image in Preadolescent Boys
    —Lina A. Ricciardelli, Marita P. McCabe, Alexander J. Mussap, and Kate E. Holt
  5. Overweight, Eating Behaviors, and Body Image in Ethnically Diverse Youth
    —Debra L. Franko and Jessica B. Edwards George
  6. Cross-Cultural Issues in Body Image Among Children and Adolescents
    —Eileen Anderson-Fye
  7. Risk Factors in the Development of Body Image, Eating Problems, and Obesity
    —Linda Smolak
  8. Proximal Causes and Behaviors Associated With Pediatric Obesity
    —Eve Kutchman, Sarah Lawhun, Jenn Laheta, and Leslie J. Heinberg

III. Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment

  1. Assessment of Body Image in Children and Adolescents
    —Tovah Yanover and J. Kevin Thompson
  2. Assessment of Eating Disturbances in Children and Adolescents
    —Drew A. Anderson, Jason M. Lavender, Suzanne M. Milnes, and Angela M. Simmons
  3. Recent Developments and Promising Directions in the Prevention of Negative Body Image and Disordered Eating in Children and Adolescents
    —Michael P. Levine and Linda Smolak
  4. Obesity Prevention: Strategies to Improve Effectiveness and Reduce Harm
    —Katherine W. Bauer, Jess Haines, and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
  5. Treatment of Eating Disorders in Children
    —Steffanie Sperry, Megan Roehrig, and J. Kevin Thompson
  6. Behavioral Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
    —Myles S. Faith, Julia Kerns, and Lisa Diewald
  7. Plastic Surgery for Children and Adolescents
    —David B. Sarwer, Alison L. Infield, and Canice E. Crerand

IV. Conclusion

More Questions: Some Concluding Thoughts on Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth
—Linda Smolak and J. Kevin Thompson

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Linda Smolak, PhD, received her doctoral training at Temple University, where she obtained her PhD in 1980. She has been at Kenyon College since 1980, and she is a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies. She has coedited two other books in the area of body image and eating disorders (The Developmental Psychopathology of Eating Disorders, 1996; Eating Disorders: Innovations in Research and Practice, American Psychological Association, 2001), and a book on prevention of eating disorders (The Prevention of Eating Problems and Eating Disorders: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2006). She is the author of numerous articles and chapters on the developmental psychopathology of eating disorders. She is an associate editor of Body Image: An International Journal of Research and is on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. In 2007, she received the Price Family Award for Eating Disorders Research from the National Eating Disorders Association.

J. Kevin Thompson, PhD, received his doctoral training at the University of Georgia, where he obtained his PhD in 1982. He has been at the University of South Florida since 1985 and is a professor in the Department of Psychology. He has authored, coauthored, or edited four earlier books in the area of body image, eating disorders, and obesity (Body Image Disturbance: Assessment and Treatment, 1990; Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity: An Integrative Guide for Assessment and Treatment, American Psychological Association [APA], 1996; Exacting Beauty: Theory Assessment and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance, APA, 1999; The Muscular Ideal: Psychological, Social, and Medical Perspectives, APA, 2007). He has been on the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders since 1990.

Reviews & Awards
Practicing pediatricians, specialists in adolescent medicine, and family practitioners whose work includes a focus on children will find much to admire in this book. It will also be useful for students in heal-related fields and for nurses and social workers who work in settings that involve these populations. I highly recommend this thorough and scholarly, yet accessible and practical book.
—As reviewed in New England Journal of Medicine 2009; 360:26.