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Understanding Eating DisordersConceptual and Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa$
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Simona Giordano

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269747

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199269742.001.0001

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Conclusions: The Need for Change

Conclusions: The Need for Change

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(p.254) 14 Conclusions: The Need for Change
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Understanding Eating Disorders
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199269742.003.0015

This conclusive chapter summarises the content of each chapter. It argues that helping people with eating disorders means questioning ordinary moral values and beliefs. The focus should shift from the person with eating disorders, from her eating habits, and from what happens in her mind to shared moral assumptions about what is good and right, and their repercussions. Eating (normal or abnormal) is not important per se. Eating is important as an expression of people’s moral beliefs, and it is these beliefs that need to be unmasked and discussed.

Keywords:   eating disorders, common morality, moral belief

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