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<i>The Society of the Person with Eating Disorders</i>

Simona Giordano

in Understanding Eating Disorders

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199269747
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603129 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199269742.003.0009

Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

 The Society of the Person with Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders are found nearly exclusively in Western countries, and mainly affect women. This chapter explores the social issues around eating disorders. It attempts to explain why the majority of sufferers is represented by women, and explores the social changes that seem to have contributed to the appearance of the syndrome. It reviews clinical literature, which shows that the unrealistic aesthetic expectations of women, combined with the change in the role of the woman in contemporary society, have contributed to the genesis of eating disorders.

Keywords: eating disorders; female issue; social factors; aesthetic expectations; social role; social pressure

Chapter.  4836 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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