The Problem Of Eating Disorders

1626 Words Nov 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Eating disorders are diseases in which people have an unhealthy relationship with their food, and negative image reflecting how their body looks, such as, the fear of gaining weight. This type of body dysmorphia can lead to damaging eating habits, such as; starvation, purging, and even binging. Furthermore, there are numerous eating disorders recognized today, the most common being binge disorder, causing the affected person to eat far too much and experience pain, discomfort, and irritable bowel symptoms, bulimia which causes the affected person to purge their food through vomiting, and one of the most common eating disorders -- anorexia nervosa. (Eating Disorders, 2008) Many of these disorders can be treated in multiple ways, the most common way is through counselling with a social worker, the social worker helps develop a treatment plan for the client and aids them in their recovery.
Issues
The fundamental issue behind this system is that the social worker must dig far deeper to gain access and knowledge as to the direct cause of the body dysmorphia that the client is experiencing, rather than looking at it from the surface value. The worker must use an evidence-based practice method to “integrate clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care.” (What is EBP, 2016)
History
Anorexia nervosa was medically discovered in 1874 by a man named William Withey Gull, where he observed the experiences of women…
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