Cultural Factors Of Eating Disorders

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Cultural Factors Culture has been identified as one of the etiological factors leading to the development of eating disorders. Rates of these disorders appear to vary among different cultures and to change across time as cultures evolve. Additionally, eating disorders appear to be more widespread among contemporary cultural groups than was previously believed (Miller, 2010, para. 2). Miller (2010) also stated that a variety of American ethnic groups have higher levels of eating disorders than previously recognized. According to Miller (2014), a recent study of early adolescent girls found that Hispanic and Asian-American girls showed greater body dissatisfaction than Caucasian girls. Furthermore, Miller (2014) also reported levels of disordered eating attitudes among rural Appalachian adolescents that were comparable to urban rates. Cultural beliefs that may have protected ethnic groups against eating disorders may be eroding as adolescents acculturate to mainstream American culture (para. 3). Outside the United States, eating disorders have been considered to be much rarer. In many non-Western societies, plumpness is considered attractive and desirable, and may be associated with prosperity, fertility, success and economic security. In such cultures, eating disorders are found much less commonly than in Western nations (Miller, 2014, para. 6).
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