Psychological factors in nutritional disorders of the elderly: Part of the spectrum of eating disorders Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To illustrate common psychogenic factors involved in undereating and undernutrition in the elderly. METHOD: Two cases are described. RESULTS: In the context of age-related physical and social factors, obsessional, phobic, and hypochondriacal anxieties can lead to significant food restrictions and undernutrition. DISCUSSION: Psychogenic factors need to be considered in undernutrition of the elderly and the phenomena considered in the spectrum of eating disorders.

publication date

  • April 1999