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Anorexia Nervosa and Its Moral Foundations

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Eating disorders, a rarity about 30 years ago, have now become an epidemic, and everyone in our society has or has had a relative, or a school mate, or a friend, or a daughter, with anorexia or bulimia. In common discourse, eating disorders are often seen as the result of the pressure to be thin, operated by the media. Magazines and the media propose/impose an unnatural model of beauty, and young women fall in the trap of eating disorders in the effort to emulate their favourite top models. This chapter argues that eating disorders are not the products of fashion, but of some moral values that are strongly embodied in the western culture. According to the International Classification of Diseases, the disorder "occurs most commonly in adolescent girls and young women, but adolescent boys and young men may also be affected, as may children approaching puberty".

Keywords: adolescent; anorexia; bulimia; moral values



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