Chapter 21. Eating Disorders

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Mervat Nasser

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch21

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Nasser, M. (2010) Eating Disorders, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch21

Editor Information

  1. NIH Biomedical Research Centre and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214

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Keywords:

  • eating disorders - eating behaviour and gender, socioeconomic class and ethnicity on shaping appetites and food choices;
  • food, culture and society - health, food and body governed by social judgement;
  • self-regulation in relation to food - rapid increase in diet industry;
  • link between ‘body’ and ‘eating practices’ - within framework of reconciled biomedical instruction and sociocultural script;
  • behavioural disorders of eating - spectrum of morbidity;
  • fear of fatness and pursuit of thinness - food restraint and pathological dieting behaviour;
  • thinness ideal and spectrum hypothesis;
  • epidemiological research, clear gender bias, with rates higher in women;
  • eating disorders, transitional cultural forces and cultural identity - sociocultural risks/vulnerabilities;
  • electronic connections - new ways of achieving ‘connectedness,’ overcoming social and political isolation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Food, Culture and Society

  • Behavioural Disorders of Eating: the Spectrum of Morbidity

  • Eating Disorders: the Sociocultural Perspectives

  • Eating Disorders, Transitional Cultural Forces and the Issue of Cultural Identity

  • Implications for Prevention and Intervention

  • References