Sociocultural Eating Disorders

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Andreea-Elena, Mustaţǎ. "The Risk of Eating Disorders in Adolescence and Its Association with the Impact of the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance." Procedia - Social And Behavioral Sciences 187.INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PSIWORLD 2014 - 5th edition (2015): 153-157. ScienceDirect. Web. 23 Oct. 2015. In this article a research is done to see if there is a correlation between the risks of adolescents having eating disorders and the sociocultural attitudes towards appearance. In this research there were one-hundred and nineteen high school subjects, both boys and girls that have never been diagnosed with an eating disorder, who were tested using the EAT-26 (the Eating Attitude Test-26) and SATAQ (the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance …show more content…
Cave’s article on the influence of disordered eating in prepubescent children opens up a whole new topic about eating disorders. Usually when we think about eating disorders we think of adult women and now sometimes teenagers, but I don’t think it’s ever crossed our minds that prepubescent children could be suffering from this. It is an eye opener on how children can be influenced or made self-conscious of their body image to the point where they become affected by eating disorders. Many of these influences include family, friends/peers, the internet and media. Family has a big influence on a child’s behavior because “familial upbringing has a huge impact on children; even parental eating habits and weight preoccupations can influence a child” (Cave). The desire to want to fit in and be popular starts from a young age (prepubescent years) and as a cause of this many children are an easy target for eating disorders. Now the internet and media have a great influence in our society today and with women underweight being portrayed as the “perfect body type” it easy for that image to be carved into anybody’s mind including young children. This article was published on November 2, 2009 in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. The publisher was SLACK Incorporated. SLACK Incorporated publishes leading medical journals and newspapers. The author Kerry E. Cave is a clinical nurse leader at the Martin Memorial Center, in