Eating Disorders Are A Potential And Critical Concern

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Today’s modern, prevalent culture is driven by media and fastidious standards of beauty and perfectionism. The demand to attain the ideal body and weight that meets the unrealistic standard encumbrances individuals in a myriad of ways. These pressures can be felt in the hallways and classrooms of our schools. Eating disorders are a potential and critical concern that students may encounter in schools. Eating disorders include the categorical diagnosis of bulimia nervosa. Hoek and van Hoeken (2003) reported that the prevalence of bulimia nervosa has tripled from 1988-1993 for woman ages ten to thirty-nine. Many people who develop eating disorders do not seek the essential help they need and attempt to mask the serious illness. Thus, the estimated reports of bulimia nervosa are presumably subordinate (Heok & van Hoeken, 2003). It is important for school counselors to understand bulimia nervosa in its entirety. The knowledge of the disorder’s etiology, course, gender and diversity issues, and treatment approaches will further develop school counselors’ ability to advocate for students affected by this disorder and provide adequate support services.
Diagnosis of Bulimia Nervosa
To diagnosis a person with bulimia nervosa, there is a set of criteria and behaviors that a person must meet. The American Psychiatric Association specifies the diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5). The DSM-5 sets five different criteria…

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