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Unformatted text preview: Women, Culture, and Society Professor Yana V. Rodgers Class 5 Women, Culture, and Society Class 5 Experiencing the Gendered Body: Eating Disorders Organization 1. Introduce Reading and Author 2. Motivation 3. A Feminist Approach 4. Discussion of Anorexia 5. Discussion of Bulimia 6. Psychological Distress and Social Values Introduce Reading and Author • “The Continuum: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Weight Preoccupation” – Originally published in edited volume in 1993 • By Catrina Brown – Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Canada – Also in Women’s Studies and nursing at Dalhousie – Also a feminist psychotherapist in private practice – Conducts research in the area of women, depression, eating disorders, trauma and sexual abuse, and alcohol use problems. – 2001 PhD in social work. Motivation 1. Dieting and weight control have become an accepted way of life 2. Focus of article is women; many of the arguments apply to men (to a lesser extent) 3. Anorexia (self-starvation) and bulimia (binging and purging) are the extremes of a continuum of weight preoccupation among women in affluent Western societies. 4. Discuss sample statistics for prevalence of weight preoccupation. 5. Weight-preoccupation continuum includes fear of fatness, denial of appetite, exaggeration of body size, depression, emotional eating, and rigid dieting. – Only a matter of degree separates those women who diet, work out, and obsess about their body shape and calorie intake from the more extreme behaviors of anorexia and bulimia. A Feminist Approach 1. A feminist approach to eating disorders and weight preoccupation recognizes how the conditions of women’s lives shape their experience with weight and eating.with weight and eating....
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2011 for the course GENDER STU 280 taught by Professor Vasquez-cruz during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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