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Eating Disorders and Society

What is the relevance of society and culture in the development of eating disorders? What methods might one use to assess the role of sociocultural factors in eating disorders? Please use scholarly literature as evidence for claims stated.

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(1) What is the relevance of society and culture in the development of eating disorders?

Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000), both society and culture play important roles in the development of eating disorders. For example, the two listed common eating disorders are Bulimia Nervosa (bulimia, BN) and Anorexia Nervosa (anorexia, AN), the disorder of A based on DSM-IV-TR diagnostic features are more prevalent in industrialized in which there is an abundance of food. In addition, the disorder is more common in females. Cultural factors are also stated to have a marked influence regarding the development of the disorder. Two reasons are cited for this prevalence of cultural factors as it relates to females. (1) Females migrate from undeveloped societies and become acculturated into American society, and (2) AN is associated with a body ideal to be thin, For instance in their study, Marqués, Martín, Piñol, & Ladron de Cegama (2010) reported results of a behavioral study that showed that adolescents were concerned about two factors that contributed to their eating disorder: (a) physical appearance (body dissatisfaction and obsession with being thin), and their social environment (interpersonal distrust).

BN is reported with similar characteristics in that it too is prevalent in industrial societies. Although studies in the literature are not as numerous as ...

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This solution of 871 words discusses eating disorders in relation to society and culture and consequences from the condition. It also looks at the methods in assessing the sociocultural factors that contribute to the development of the disorder. All references used are included.