Updates in the treatment of eating disorders in 2019: a year in review in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment \& Prevention.
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Empirical evidence continues to suggest that the majority of patients with eating disorders will not fully recover during treatment, and that treatment gains are vulnerable to relapse in the longer term. The urgent need for improved treatment options for those with eating disorders cannot be overstated. This review article provides an overview of treatment-related research findings published in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention during 2019. Importantly, this review encapsulates research (i) outlining guidelines in managing the medical risk inherent to the treatment of eating disorders, (ii) examining the treatment of eating disorders in cross-cultural contexts, (iii) expanding treatment research to novel and atypical eating disorder populations, and (iv) augmenting existing treatment approaches for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in novel contexts. These articles represent important contributions to the ongoing evolution of the treatment of eating disorders. However, further work is needed in precisely identifying the mechanisms of eating disorder psychopathology, such that emerging treatment efforts may be mapped onto specific targets.