Relationship Between Childhood Sexual Abuse And Eating Disorder Symptoms

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The Relationship Between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorder Symptoms
Mallory Holt
PSYC 401

Some studies have shown a correlation between physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse and eating disorders, but there appears to be no casual link. (Tripp, 2001). Between 30 to 50% of adult women report an unwanted sexual experience in either childhood or adulthood. This paper explores the connection between sexual abuse, specificity during childhood, and eating disorders. Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and over exercising. Because of the complex nature, factors such as family interactions, self-esteem, core beliefs, body mass, depression, body image and laxative abuse are also explored.
Eating disorders are complex issues that may include guilt, shame, self-punishment, anger and many other feelings. Sexual abuse is a violation of a person’s body and physical boundaries that invades the most intimate parts of the self. This invasion can be truly harmful, particularly if it occurs during childhood, when the sensitive parts of the self are still being formed. Feelings of confusion, lack of control and stability, betrayal, and shame can result, particularly if the perpetrator was a close friend or family member.
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