Eating Disorders and Cultures in Transition

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"Eating Disorders and Cultures in Transition is written by an international group of authors to address the recent emergence of eating disorders in various areas of the world including countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe." "It offers an in depth analysis of the existing socio-cultural model arguing for the need to extend both our theoretical understanding and clinical work to account properly for this global phenomenon. Eating disorders are seen as reflecting sweeping changes in the social and political status of women in
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Overview

"Eating Disorders and Cultures in Transition is written by an international group of authors to address the recent emergence of eating disorders in various areas of the world including countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe." "It offers an in depth analysis of the existing socio-cultural model arguing for the need to extend both our theoretical understanding and clinical work to account properly for this global phenomenon. Eating disorders are seen as reflecting sweeping changes in the social and political status of women in the majority of societies that are now undergoing rapid cultural transition." This multidisciplinary, multinational volume will be of great interest to medical and mental health professionals, public policy experts and all those interested in the impact of cultural transformation on mental health.
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Reviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This book addresses the recent emergence of eating disorders in various areas of the world, particularly in the newly developing parts of Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe, with a special emphasis on cultural, social, and economic perspectives. This book debates the current sociocultural model and argues that this complex array of disorders is more than a simple appearance-based concern.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an international perspective to eating disorders outside of the western phenomenon. It addresses various issues such as the validity of prevalence rates of eating disorders throughout the world, the implications of genetic research, the marketing of thinness in post-communist societies. This is a very useful addition to the available resources and the book largely meets its overall objective.
Audience: This book is targeted at medical professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers, and others involved with patients suffering from eating disorders.
Features: There are nine chapters detailing eating disorders from a global perspective with new theories to evaluate and understand them. The book takes a multidisciplinary and multinational approach where each topic is written by a local authority and followed by a commentary by two experts. Each chapter has extensive references pertinent to the local geography of the area involved.
Assessment: This is a very useful addition on the problem of eating disorders. This is the first book that analyzes this group of disorders from an international perspective and debates the present theories for the development of eating disorders. It is a good book for anyone interested in the epidemiology of eating disorders.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415228596
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
1 Eating disorders East and West: A culture-bound syndrome unbound 1
Comment
2 Eating disorders and the politics of identity: The South African experience 24
Comment
3 Fat phobia in anorexia nervosa: Whose obsession is it? 40
Comment
4 Eating disorders: Integrating nature and nurture through the study of twins 66
Comment
5 Post-communism and the marketing of the thin ideal 93
Comment
6 Emerging markets: submerging women 111
Comment
7 One country, two cultures 127
Comment
8 Argentina: The social body at risk 148
9 Changing bodies, changing cultures: An intercultural dialogue on the body as the final frontier 171
Comment
Author index 194
Subject index 196
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