Are Eating Disorders More Common Among Women Than Men? Essay

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When one deliberates the topic concerning a person with an eating disorder, the most frequent image appears to be that of an adolescent woman who is undernourished, with one of her digits down her throat, vomiting up her latest feast of celery and water. But, why is this particular image in the forefront of most North American individual’s mind and not that of a young man undertaking the same behavior? Are eating disorders more common among women than men? In order to analyze this stereotype, one must look at the possible biological, psychological, and/or social factors that might affect the encroachment of eating disorders upon women. These factors will be analyzed within the context of the eating disorders such as; anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and the binge-eating disorder and the possible reasons for their prevalence in women.
According to Caleogero et al. (2005) and Ricciarddelli & McCabe (2004), these three identifiable eating disorders ensue along a continuum of acuteness and each epitomizes the utmost precarious end of the continuum (as cited in Matlin, 2012). All three of these disorders are correlated with depression, low self-esteem, perfectionism and control issues, and women are two to three times more likely than men to suffer from depression (Matlin, 2012). Consequently, it is more likely that women suffer from eating disorders more than men. Although, each disorder is similar in its effects, each has its own distinction. Anorexia nervosa, as quantified…

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