Eating Disorders And The American Culture

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Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are well known in the American culture. It is most likely that people in America know at least one person who has or is currently suffering from an eating disorder. Eating disorders take many forms such as bulimia, anorexia nervosa, binge-eating, and even obesity. The focus of this paper however will be solely on anorexia nervosa. It will breakdown the basics of anorexia as well as compare and contrast the movie Starving in Suburbia with scholarly literature.
Anorexia
According to Bemporad (1996), anorexia was thought to have first appeared in the 19th century until more researched revealed that it was prevalent in earlier times. However to delve into the history it is important to understand that anorexia is considered self-starvation. In the biblical days, it was within the norms to fast as an homage or fulfillment to God. Biblical figures such as Moses, Jesus, and Elijah all took part in a 40-day fast in which they sustained from eating hence considered to be self-starvation (Bemporad, 1996). Although their purpose in withholding from food was not the same as those, who suffer from anorexia it could be argued that they still indulged in a form of self-starvation. If the DSM-V were around in those days it is a wonder if they would be considered to meet some of the criteria of anorexia. However, more details on their mental health, normal and societal functioning would be needed. Those who see the Bible from a more scientific standpoint…
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