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Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia

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Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are generally "blamed" on culture and society. At the same time, there appears to be a genetic influence as well. Explain how culture and genetics may interact in the development of anorexia and bulimia. Several causes are attributed to eating disorders in the development of anorexia and bulimia. Culture and genetics interact in the development of anorexia and bulimia.

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As characterized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000), eating disorders are severe disturbances in eating behavior that are characterized by the individual being preoccupied with body size and weight. This behavioral attitude may lead to unhealthy choices in efforts to control weight. Anorexia Nervosa (anorexia) involves intense fear of gaining weight, disturbed body image, and dangerous measures to lose weight. Bulimia Nervosa (bulimia) is characterized as a disorder in which persons habitually engage in out of control overeating followed by unhealthy practices to control ...

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Research is presented on culture and genetics in the development of anorexia and bulimia. Studies found that persons who had phobic obsessions such as food preoccupations and washing rituals are prone to eating disorder. The DSM description of the these two forms of eating disorders are discussed.