- Unbearable weight: Feminism, Western culture and the body
Author: Bordo, S.
Publisher: University of California Press
ABSTRACT: Unbearable Weight is a scholarly yet accessible look at the historical and current representation of women in history and in popular culture. It is an excellent look at society's objectification of the female body and the problems that can arise for women because of this objectification. This book shines not so much as a linear bunch of essays but as a reference for people who study the marriage between feminism, western society and its concentration of the female body. In this provocative book, Susan Bordo untangles the myths, ideologies, and pathologies of the modern female body. Bordo explores our tortured fascination with food, hunger, desire, and control, and its effects on women's lives.
- Bulimia in daily life: A context-bound syndrome
Author: Larson, R., & Asmussen, L.
Publisher: Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
The experience of psychopathology. (from the chapter) demonstrate that information on the day-to-day patterns of patients' lives can be useful in clarifying the structure of pathology associated with a condition such as bulimia / show bulimia to be associated with a disturbed experience of daily solitude / since the controversy about bulimia is most acute for the substantial subclass of bulimic patients who have never met the criteria of anorexia nervosa, we will focus on this group / also demonstrate that information on daily life, which describes the disease as patients experience it and localizes its manifestation, is particularly useful if our goal is to engage patients as allies in a process of treatment / patients carried electronic pagers for one week and provided self-reports on their experience in response to signals bulimia and depression / a study of the daily experience of bulimic patients / preliminary findings: bulimia as an affective disorder / a contextual analysis of bulimics' affect and behavior.
- National Eating Disorders Association
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The National Eating Disorders Association is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders, eliminate body dissatisfaction, and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image, eating and weight issues. Toll-Free Information & Referral Helpline 1-800-931-2237.
- A comparison of Black and White women with binge eating disorder
Author: Pike, K. M., Dohm, F., Striegel-Moore, R. H., Wilfley, D. E., & Fairburn, C. G.
Journal: American Journal of Psychiatry Volume: 158
ABSTRACT: Binge eating disorder was introduced in Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV) as a psychiatric disorder needing further study. This community-based study describes the relationship between race and clinical functioning in Black and White women with and without binge eating disorder. A group of 150 women with binge eating disorder (52 Black, 98 White) and a race-matched group of 150 healthy comparison subjects were recruited from the community. Eating and psychiatric symptoms were assessed through interviews and self-report. Black and White women with binge eating disorder differed significantly on numerous eating disorder features, including binge frequency, restraint, history of other eating disorders, treatment-seeking behavior, and concerns with eating, weight, and shape. Black and White healthy comparison subjects differed significantly in obesity rates. For both Black and White women, binge eating disorder was associated with significant impairment in clinical functioning. Yet, racial differences in clinical presentation underscore the importance of considering race in psychopathology research.
- Weight and eating concerns among pre- and young adolescent boys and girls
Author: Richards, M. H., Casper, R. C., & Larson, R.
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Health Care Volume: 11
ABSTRACT: Investigated the relationship between emergence of weight and eating concerns and the daily experience and psychologic adjustment of 481 5th-9th graders. Ss completed the weight and eating concerns scale, a depression inventory, self-esteem and body image scales, and reported their daily experiences by the experience sampling method (M. Csikszentmihalyi; see PA, Vol 75:3173). Girls reported more weight and eating concerns than boys, and this discrepancy increased with age. In older girls (8th and 9th graders) extreme weight and eating concerns were associated with other signs of emotional maladjustment. Girls who experience emotional distress may try to compensate for the strain by controlling body shape and in doing so, may place themselves at risk for developing an eating disorder. Excessive weight and eating concerns in young adolescent girls signal psychologic maladjustment which may require attention.