Binge Eating Disorders: A Case Study

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the years progress and eating disorders become more prevalent, different sources state their predictions following the mentioned factors above. The DSM in its current edition (5th; 2013) emphasizes a genetic or physiological predisposition whereas the National Institute of Health points to an obsession with food, body weight and shape, and a disruption in thinking patterns and development of compulsive eating (National Institute of Mental Health, 2006)
Other references suggest that the development of the disorder is evident through a history of dieting, a previous case of depression or anxiety, or stress from societal pressures that potentially result in overeating behaviors (Thompson & Farrar, 2001). Family and genetic components, such as
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Additionally, when considering the course of the disorder, it not only poses a threat to the individual, but to the family structure as well. Members may feel helpless to support the person in need due to a reluctance and separation of the person’s behalf.
A particular influencer in the development of eating disorders in general, and therefore applicable in the case of Binge-Eating Disorders, is the presence and backlash of media (Stice, Schupak-Neuberg, Shaw, & Stien, 1994). The thin ideal as an indicator of beauty has been one of the most persistent ideologies that represents a substantial proportion of the development of eating disorders. The literature states the internalization process of media and body illusions subscribe viewers to idealize their standards of body weight and shape (Thompson & Heinberg, 1999) which loosely affirms the notion of eating disorders being a lifestyle choice that individuals actively and voluntarily participate in. In any case, media attention and influence on the body has evolved over the years to impact the way individuals perceive themselves. Such examples can be reviewed in any print, T.V., and other electronic sources of media especially in the modeling world and its regurgitation of thin, emaciated-
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In most respects, it is an equal-opportunity illness affecting both men and women across all races, yet mostly remains in the mid teen/young adult age group. Individuals with this disorder do not participate in compensatory behaviors which distinguishes this disorder from Bulimia Nervosa, which is a differential diagnosis consideration. BED is also associated with a multitude of comorbidities such as obesity, kidney and heart disease, and depression. Binge-Eating Disorder, like other eating disorders have several causes, yet a few main identifying features are physiological and genetic predispositions as well as some social factors like stress. As a result the current and past treatments for the disorder channel cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT/IPT/BWL) and pharmacotherapy drugs in combination to change the process of the behavior both psychologically and physiologically, which has been stated as a more effective method of treatment than either route on its

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