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Understanding Eating Disorders: Conceptual and Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

Simona Giordano


Understanding Eating Disorders is an original contribution to the field of healthcare ethics. It develops a new theory concerning the moral basis of eating disorders, and places such disorders for the first time at the centre of philosophical discourse. The book explores the relationship that people have with food and their own body by looking at genetics and neuro-physiology, sociology and family studies, clinical psychology and psychiatry, and frames abnormal eating at the extreme of a spectrum of normal behaviours, directed by moral values. Giordano argues that abnormal eating ... More

Keywords: anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders, mental illness, ethical issues, euthanasia, competence, hunger strike, coercion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199269742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simona Giordano, author
University of Manchester
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