In this article they summarized how eating disorders relate to perfectionism, evaluation and anxiety. Before this research, there has been no research to date that studies the simultaneous effects of all three from the eating disorder. In this study they found that support for social appearance anxiety is linked with eating disorder symptoms and social anxiety. From this study, they really didn’t find any concrete conclusions but they wanted to note that gender and body mass index did play a roll in the results of the model.
The biological factors have the biggest impact on the individual. When it comes to not eating, you’re affecting your metabolism initially and then everything gradually shuts down. One may begin to lose weight initially but the body then learns that it needs to conserve the fat that it has, then having the opposite effect as what the individual initially wanted. In some cases, if the disease worsens, one may continue to lose weight to the point where there is no fat and the body begins to degenerate.
In our society today, I feel that we don’t approach this issue as strongly as we should. Many people suffer from this and it is an incredibly obvious disorder. I feel that today approaching the psychological aspect is the initial step to helping / curing the disorder. After you have conquered someone’s mind and assisted them in appreciated their self worth, then you can assist them in their biological issues. If their disorder’s extent to physiological issues, then physicians should be there to assist in dealing with these issues. Socially, this would be incredibly hard to handle as our culture preaches a small figure. But if someone has been influenced by the disorder so badly that is has affected them biologically, then the only way to assist them would be the biological route which involve doctors.
Levinson, CA. Social appearance anxiety, perfectionism, evaluation. Distinct or shared risk factors disorders?. http://apps.webofknowledge.com.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/full_record.do?product=WOS&search_mode=GeneralSearch&qid=1&SID=1EnmOBkJp51MFBL@iN5&page=1&doc=2. Accessed July 17, 2013.