Pros And Cons Of Bulimia Nervosa

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Dying To Be Thin, Anorexia: Friend or Foe?, and Bulimia Nervosa: Friend or Foe? The Pros and Cons of Bulimia Nervosa discuss the eating disorders anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN). Each is valuable to the clinician because they explore the attitudes, both pro and con, of those afflicted with eating disorders. Dying To Be Thin chronicles the journeys of different individuals who have suffered, or are suffering from, AN and BN. This documentary gives personal stories that tend to draw more emotional responses than in the scholarly articles we read this week. The prognosis for these disorders were not promising and often the women in the film had been suffering for a long time with their disorders before they sought help. I had a reaction of anger to some parts in this when the women reported they were reinforced for being extremely thin, frail, and unhealthy. Their schemas of self worth seemed to have been very skewed. Almost all the women report some bullying when they were younger about their weight or suggestions by role model/adult figures that insisted they needed to lose weight. It also made me sad to think that these women felt they were only worthy to connect with if they were thin. In some cases it appeared as though the women withdrew and were isolated by their own choice when they were not as thin as they would like to be. There was some optimism in the documentary with the story of one woman who is now a plus sized model and is in full
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