Motivation to change - the level of people's motivation to recover from their mental-health problems - has received considerable research attention in recent years. It has been examined in smoking, cocaine addiction, anxiety disorders, obesity and alcohol problems but much less work has been done on motivation to change and eating disorders. A Spanish study of 218 patients with eating disorders found that those with bulimia were more motivated to change than those with anorexia or EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified). For all groups younger patients had less motivation to change than older ones.
Casasnovas, C. ... [et al] - Motivation to change in eating disorders : clinical and therapeutic implications European Eating Disorders Review November-December 2007 15(6), 449-456