Chapter 9 Outline

Chapter 9 Outline - Chapter 9: Eating Disorders Western...

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Chapter 9: Eating Disorders Western societies today equate thinness with health and beauty, and some have described the preoccupation with thinness in the United States as a national obsession. As this emphasis has grown in the past thirty years, so too has the incidence of the two primary eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. People with anorexia either starve themselves, sometimes to the point of death, in pursuit of extreme thinness and a pathological fear of gaining weight, or else they engage in activities designed to rid themselves of the consumed calories after a meal and thus maintain an extremely thin appearance. There is evidence that people with anorexia nervosa may have distortions in both their thought and perceptual processes, and that they are at higher risk for developing concurrent psychological problems, including mood and/or anxiety disorders. Sufferers of bulimia nervosa engage in episodes of uncontrollable eating, called binges, and then perform inappropriate compensatory behaviors, such as vomiting, using
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