Psychological Perspectives Of Bulimia And Binge Eating Disorder

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In today’s society, Bulimia is becoming more prevalent than ever before which raises many questions for psychologists, psychiatrists, and scientists alike. Bulimia is defined as an eating disorder or medical condition in which a person participates in binge eating, fasting, and or purging, usually followed by feelings of guilt, shame, or remorse. Although Bulimia and binge eating have been known about and studied for years, we are still unsure of the acquisition of the disorder and how to differentiate those who have symptoms versus those who do not. As of 1988, there were three psychological perspectives that attempted to explain exactly what the disorder consists of, why the disorder is becoming so much more prevalent than it was in the past and how to differentiate those who have the disorder versus those who do not.
Sociocultural Approach If one were to observe the change in Playboy centerfolds over the course of the last twenty years, it is evident that the epitome of beauty in women is directly correlated with being skinny or thin. That is just one example of how the idea of beauty has shifted towards “a thinness norm that is virtually unattainable for most women”( Crandall, 1988 ). Sociocultural theorists believe that because of the social norms the media has created, most if not all women subconsciously or consciously try to cater to the psychical appearance in which the media displays to be beauty. The Sociocultural approach argues that dieting and psychological…

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