Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and Binge Eating
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3845
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
Eating is an essential part of life. It ensures survival; it is also connected to pleasure and quality of life. Still, almost everyone has, at some point in his or her life, engaged in unusual eating patterns or experienced supposedly unusual feelings toward eating. Under what circumstances do such feelings turn into eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia nervosa, and obesity? How are these disorders defined and differentiated from merely unusual eating habits? Why do they seem to affect women more than men? Do they occur in non-Western cultures? The class examines factors that cause and sustain eating disorders, reading theories advanced from sociocultural, feminist, biological, and psychological perspectives. We then discuss the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these disorders.