Eating Disorders And Body Image Essay

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Karlye Weber
AMST 3723
Dr. Carreiro
15 November 2016

Typically when covering the topic of eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction athletes and young women are the center of research and are stereotyped to be the only groups of people who suffer from self-image issues. In “The Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders and Body Image,” authors Justine Reels and Katherine Beals look to breakdown the stereotypes and dig deeper into the issues that cross over the borders of ethnicity, age and gender. The book also looks into how religion, sexual orientation, and certain disabilities such as those who have suffered from a stroke affect how a person perceives themselves. Reels and Beals urge their readers to become educators and voice the “need for diverse treatment and prevention” (Reel 5). Not only does the book cover instabilities across social categories it also looks at the various ways of assessment, treatment and prevention (Reel 178,194,210). Both Beals and Reel have conducted and published several studies of their own relating to the issues of eating disorders and body image. Reel herself has published over twenty manuscripts and fifty international presentations over the special issue of eating disorders (Reel 1). Not only has Beals published several research articles and a book but she also serves as the director of the Nutrition clinic at the University of Utah and specializes in Sports Nutrition and Eating Disorders (Reels 1). This information is provided

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