The Perfect Storm: Cultural Focus on Weight Loss for Women, Social Isolation, and Conflict Avoidance
Employing an over-used metaphor from the famous movie, another perfect storm occurs in eating disorders.
No one can deny the cultural “value” in Western culture for women to be thin and have the “perfect body”. As I have said many times on this website, there is more to the development of eating disorders than just cultural values.
Anorexia is the most serious eating disorder and is very rare with a prevalence rate of approximately 1% of females. However, millions of young women read magazines that promoting the idea of the “perfect body”.
Eating disorders occur when there is a “perfect storm” of factors that include cultural biases – towards the “perfect body”, conflict avoidance, and social isolation. Together, these factors increase the likelihood of an individual developing anorexia, bulimia and/or compulsive overeating.
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