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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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Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

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(p.15) 1 Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa
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Understanding Eating Disorders
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Simona Giordano (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199269742.003.0002

This chapter uses case histories to illustrate the reality of eating disorders and provides a detailed clinical description of the condition. It explains what eating disorders are, how they manifest, whom they affect, and what somatic effects they have. It discusses distortion of body image, which is thought to affect eating disorder sufferers. Family and social issues relating to eating disorders are introduced. The effects of abnormal eating on the endocrine system, the heart, and the gastrointestinal apparatus are reported in detail and in accessible language. This chapter also introduces ethical issues surrounding care and treatment of people with eating disorders.

Keywords:   anorexia, bulimia, terminology, epidemiology, prevalence, diagnostic guidelines, family, society, abnormal eating, secondary symptomatology

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