<i>The Role of Expectations in the Genesis of Eating Disorders</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

 The Role of Expectations in the Genesis of Eating Disorders

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This chapter explores family dynamics recurrent in families with an eating disordered person. According to clinical studies, these families present similar traits. Clinical studies agree that in these families, expectations of the person who will develop eating disorders are too high and unrealistic. This seems to lead the future eating disordered person to find a way to gain control over her life. The struggle for control over eating seems to be a defence against excessive expectations.

Keywords: eating disordered families; father; mother; family expectation; control

Chapter.  4087 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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