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This encyclopedia offers a variety of resources for readers interested in learning more about eating disorders, including hundreds of reference entries, interviews, scholarly debates, and case studies.
While many people may reflexively imagine an anorexic or bulimia teenage girl upon being asked to think about eating disorders, eating disorders are a form of mental illness that can take many forms and affect individuals of all genders, ages, and ethnic backgrounds. In fact, an estimated eight million people in the United States struggle with an eating disorder, making eating disorders one of the most prevalent forms of mental illness in America.
This two-volume encyclopedia comprehensively examines eating disorders as the forms they can take; their causes and potential complications; and how they can best be treated and prevented. It also examines the influence had by cultural factors such as the fashion industry, television and movies, and social media. More than just a simple A-to-Z reference, Eating Disorders: Understanding Causes, Controversies, and Treatment also includes valuable features such as Q&A interviews with those affected by and working to combat eating disorders, case studies, scholarly essays that voice opinions in key debates, and a directory of resources for individuals seeking help.
- Reflects recent changes in approaches to eating disorders brought about by the publication of the latest edition of the DSM
- Explores key issues related to eating disorders and models critical thinking and argument construction in the Controversies and Debates section
- Offers insights from a variety of perspectives expounded upon in interviews with scholars, eating disorder professionals, patients, and family members
- Gives readers a "real world" look at the many ways eating disorders can manifest and progress in the Case Illustrations section