Eating disorders have been traced back as early as 428 B

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Eating disorders have been traced back as early as 428 B.C. in Rome and Greece when people induced vomiting to counteract the calories they consumed during their binge-eating fests. Purging once again became popular during the medieval period, due to the Catholic Church punishing harshly against the deadly sin gluttony. Back then, forcing one’s self to induce vomiting was a favorable penance for over- eating. Today, eating disorders are commonly contributed to the social pressures for women to be under a health weight. In the United States the average woman is 5'4 and weighs 140 pounds, while the average model is 5'11 and weighs 117 pounds. This weight difference is likely why approximately 80% of women in the United States are
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Unformatted text preview: unhappy with their body; 98% of them do not weigh as little as models do! Eating disorders are now well-known in the medical and psychological community and are diagnosable according to the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual (DSM), a reference manual the psychological community use to accurately diagnose mental illnesses. There are three categories listed under eating disorders; anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). Currently, binge-eating would be classified under EDNOS. Many in the psychological community are fighting for binge-eating to be classified officially as its own disorder, similar to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa....
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This note was uploaded on 07/07/2011 for the course PSY 2011 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at UNCuyo.

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