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Discuss the various explanations for why there is an increase in the number of men and women suffering from eating disorders.

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  • Submitted: 28/01/2005
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Discuss the various explanations for why there is an increase in the number of men and women suffering from eating disorders.

There are a number of eating disorders which many people suffer from, and most people may not even be aware that the way they eat could be classed as an eating disorder. Amongst the many disorders are the four most notable; binge eating, anorexia, bulimia and obesity. Another disorder vastly approaching the media limelight is bigorexia.

The Eating Disorders Association defines this condition as "...outward signs of inner emotional or psychological distress or problems." - believing that people cope with the difficulties in their life though food. "Eating, or not eating, is used to help block out painful feelings." There are various other definitions, and many can be summed up with this definition: "A person's perceptions, thoughts and feelings about his or her body." (Fisher 1990)

Reasons for the various disorders are varied. They are complex illnesses where both the eating pattern and the psychological aspects need to be considered and treated. Restoring a regular eating pattern plus a balanced diet is needed for balanced nutrition. Some methods of treatment are available which teach

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