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Eating Disorders
An overview of different eating disorders, their symptoms, effects and treatment.
# 68305 | 3,532 words | 11 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Aug 14, 2006 in Psychology (Disorders) , Medical and Health (Eating Disorders)

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This paper presents a discussion on eating disorders, focusing on the two main types of eating disorders known as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. The paper describes the psychological elements of the disorders, their physical, psychological and sociological effects, and the therapies available for treating them. The paper also briefly addresses the subject of men and eating disorders.

Table of Contents
Psychological Elements of Eating Disorders
Physical, Psychological and Social Effects
What Therapies are available?
A Word about Men

From the Paper:

"For most of us, eating is just something we do to meet the energy needs of our bodies. But for others, eating can meet many other kinds of needs. We eat when we are happy, such as at a party, sad, as when we are at a funeral. Even religious rituals are associated with either eating or even fasting. We eat when we go out with friends; it is a bonding activity when we go out for a date. Our television commercials are filled with different types of food we eat and even children are bombarded with what certain types of food will do for them, i.e. make them popular or better at sports. Interestingly, despite this increased interest in food we have seen a changed attitude toward body shape over the last half century. Many years ago, women who had full breast and hips were felt to represent fertility and sexuality. Now the ideal woman is considered to be thin, many times unhealthily think. For this reason, dieting is now very common. There is spoken and unspoken prejudice toward the overweight and being fat is associated with being lazy and unattractive. It is no wonder that in the last years, we have seen the development of eating disorders in both men and women alike."

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