The Theories Of Anorexia Nervosa Essay

747 Words Mar 29th, 2015 3 Pages
Garner et al. outline the seven interrelated dimensions of the EDI (Eating Disorder Inventory) used to evaluate the extent at which the patient is affected by anorexia nervosa: Drive for Thinness, Body Dissatisfaction, Ineffectiveness, Perfectionism, Interpersonal Distrust, Interoceptive Awareness and Maturity Fears (17-19). Garner et al. demonstrate that patients with anorexia nervosa are characterized by their perfectionistic attitudes. Garner et al. report that “families in which anorexia nervosa occurs have been highly achievement oriented” magnifying the patient’s “excessive personal expectations for superior achievement” (18). As a consequence of these aspirations of perfection, Garner et al. believe that the patient deems adulthood to be too demanding and fears maturity (19). This correlates with Bezance and Holliday’s statement that anorexia nervosa is prevalent for women between the ages of 15 and 19 years old (352). Garner et al. state that “the central psychopathology of anorexia nervosa is an avoidance of psychological maturity through the mechanism of carbohydrate avoidance” (19). Garner et al. claim that due to these maturity fears, patients with anorexia nervosa are preoccupied with weight and dieting due to their pursuit of thinness to counteract the “increased fatness at puberty”; the patient’s body dissatisfaction leads to the notion of ineffectiveness with feelings of “inadequacy, insecurity, worthlessness and feeling of not being in control of one’s life”…

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