Eating Disorders Essay

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Eating Disorders are extremely prevalent in today's society. Anorexia
Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are characterized by gross disturbances in eating behavior. These disorders typically begin in adolescence or early adult life, affecting as many as "1 in 100 females between the ages of 12 and 18 (Bronwell & Foreyt 312)."
Anorexia Nervosa is a complex disorder where the individaul refuses to maintain body weight over a normal weight for age and height. Also present, is an intense fer of gaining weight or becoming fat (Waller,
Quinton, & Watson 127). People of this disorder say they "feel fat" even though they are obviously underweight or even emaciated. They become preoccupied with their body size and are usually
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Negative feelings of others after dieting were also noted. Women with eating disorders may tend to focus on others' body shapes. They may also expect others to be as emotionally invested in body shapes as they themselves are (Beebe, Hombeck, Scholar, Lane, &
Rosa 1996). "Clinicians have suggested that anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, while behaviorally distinct, share a common core pathology; women with both disorders are preoccupied with body weight and shape (Beebe, Holmbeck, Scholar, Lane, & Rosa 1996)."
A sample of university women completed the Eating Attitudes 26-item test. Items focused on personal perception on body shape and weight.
It was predicted that the relationship between EAT-26 scores and reactions to dieting situations are stronger when applied directly to the self than when applied specifically to others (Beebe, Holmbeck,
Scholar, Lane, & Rosa 1996). Present data supports the idea that individuals who scored high on the EAT-26 reported noticing more weight-related information in other women. They also expect other women to evaluate themselves on the basis of weight and shape.
Perfectionism is also a characterization by a relentless struggle of a thin body which include a high degree of perfectionism. A recent approach views perfectionism in three components: "91) self-oriented perfectionism- the holding of unrealistic expectations for others; and
(2) other- oriented

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