A mathematical model is proposed to simulate the eating disorders of bulimia or anorexia. Earlier models are extended to incorporate the body mass index, which plays a key role in the eating attitude of self thinners. The global existence and ultimate boundedness of solutions of the nonlocal model are proved by using estimates of solutions. The basic reproduction number of eating disorder contagion is shown to be the invasion threshold. The testable linear and nonlinear stability conditions are established by Lyapunov functions. Further numerical simulations are given to reveal how self-forces and peer pressures to be thinner affect the emergence and distributions of eating disorders.

Modeling eating disorders in young people

Giacobbe A.;Mulone G.;Wang W.
2020

Abstract

A mathematical model is proposed to simulate the eating disorders of bulimia or anorexia. Earlier models are extended to incorporate the body mass index, which plays a key role in the eating attitude of self thinners. The global existence and ultimate boundedness of solutions of the nonlocal model are proved by using estimates of solutions. The basic reproduction number of eating disorder contagion is shown to be the invasion threshold. The testable linear and nonlinear stability conditions are established by Lyapunov functions. Further numerical simulations are given to reveal how self-forces and peer pressures to be thinner affect the emergence and distributions of eating disorders.
Body mass index; Distribution; Eating disorders; Nonlocal; Reproduction number; Stability
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