Eating Transition Essay

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The adolescent period is understood as the phase between puberty and young adulthood. During this stage, both sexes experience intense physical and mental development and additionally they have the challenge of adjusting to a range of societal challenges. During this period of development, various health issues may transpire. This essay will focus primarily on how eating disorders affect both genders during this stage, predominantly in Western societies. The term ‘eating disorder’ is a very comprehensive term, which is further broken down into categories. The content of this essay will cover three of these categories; including Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa also Binge Eating Disorder. Additionally discussed are the benefits of psychodynamic …show more content…
It can be argued that this is because puberty and the adolescent period is a time of significant physical and behavioural change (Paus et al 2008, pp.947-957). Puberty is a particularly intense phase of profound change that can cause stress and anxiety among both sexes. Many physical changes are occurring during this phase, and the impact of these changes impacts significantly on an individual’s sense of identity. Consequently, this can result in feelings of low self-esteem. These feelings can follow the individual into adulthood if left untreated. Individuals remain very sensitive during adolescence, and there is an increased sense of risk in losing connection with their peer group if they are judged as not congruent with the expectations of the group (Paxton et al 1999, pp.255-266). With such intense change and uncertainty for the self and one’s subsequent connection in society, many comparisons are made with celebrities, siblings and peers as a measure of social acceptance and …show more content…
394-396). Individuals who are victims of sexual assault often have feelings of lack of control, culpability and body dissatisfaction. Eating disorders could potentially become the individual 's attempt to feel in control while battling these emotions and thoughts. It is crucial to not only treat the eating disorder but the sexual assault trauma as well (Johnson et al 2002 p.396). Furthermore, there are other significant triggers such as the peer group and media influences that have been outlined in this

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