3-12-09 - Psychology Class Notes 3/12/09 EATING DISORDERS...

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Psychology – Class Notes – 3/12/09 EATING DISORDERS 1. First thing you say to a person is: I care about you and because I care about you, I am concerned: I’ve noticed the following things Just report what you’re seeing without making interpretations – I’m not arguing with you, I’m just saying Then you can say that I’m so worried about you Definition: Couch - to express indirectly or obscurely: the threat couched under his polite speech. NEW PROFESSOR (1 CLASS) 3/24/09: Lecture on Tuesday is about sexual disorders Sexuality is a human condition How Thin is Too Thin? We get concerned for people if they are 15% under the normal (ideal) body weight It is more than just the weight that make it quite clear that there are other issues involved: o Physical o Psychological problems TO outsiders, it is not difficult to identify problem(s) It is very hard for the individual to realize they have a problem Characteristics of Anorexia Nervosa: Often women Irritable Socially withdrawn Have some physical characteristics (extra hair on arms and face physical response to starvation), preoccupation with food and weight
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The U.S has significant access to food, whereas other societies do not eat food at any other time other than mealtimes (food is definitely not as available in other countries as it is in the U.S). Media and Cultural Influences Women are encouraged to be thin Women are encouraged to be sexy and beautiful The media encourage all women to be as thin as possible and as beautiful and sexy Supermodels are thinner than 98% of most people: Average supermodel 117 pounds Average American woman 140 pounds Media Distortions The people on the front of magazines not real people any more Romanticized images of women The media’s portrayal of women (supermodels) are edited images (Photoshop) Anorexia and the internet Self-help and support Dangers of pro-ana and pro-mia sites o Competitions who can lose the most weight in a week o Some of the sites are sexually pervertered –> run by men Photos “thin”spiration - photographs that serve as models for people Pro-ana websites serve as inspiration for others market it as a lifestyle choice
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DSM-IV Criteria for Bulimia Nervosa It’s somewhat difficult to treat symptoms are not as obvious o With Bulimia – people are often at normal or above normal weight Much more sociable and more social skills compared to those with Anorexia They can hide the fact that they have an eating problem Those who eat HUGE amounts of food in a short period of time Eat whole cakes feel terribly guilty and uncomfortable
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