<i>Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa</i>

Simona Giordano

in Understanding Eating Disorders

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199269747
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603129 | DOI:

Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

 Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

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This chapter uses case histories to illustrate the reality of eating disorders and provides a detailed clinical description of the condition. It explains what eating disorders are, how they manifest, whom they affect, and what somatic effects they have. It discusses distortion of body image, which is thought to affect eating disorder sufferers. Family and social issues relating to eating disorders are introduced. The effects of abnormal eating on the endocrine system, the heart, and the gastrointestinal apparatus are reported in detail and in accessible language. This chapter also introduces ethical issues surrounding care and treatment of people with eating disorders.

Keywords: anorexia; bulimia; terminology; epidemiology; prevalence; diagnostic guidelines; family; society; abnormal eating; secondary symptomatology

Chapter.  8129 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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