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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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The Society of the Person with Eating Disorders

The Society of the Person with Eating Disorders

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(p.146) 8 The Society of the Person with Eating Disorders
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Understanding Eating Disorders
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199269742.003.0009

Eating disorders are found nearly exclusively in Western countries, and mainly affect women. This chapter explores the social issues around eating disorders. It attempts to explain why the majority of sufferers is represented by women, and explores the social changes that seem to have contributed to the appearance of the syndrome. It reviews clinical literature, which shows that the unrealistic aesthetic expectations of women, combined with the change in the role of the woman in contemporary society, have contributed to the genesis of eating disorders.

Keywords:   eating disorders, female issue, social factors, aesthetic expectations, social role, social pressure

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