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Eating Disorders : Anatomy of a Social Epidemic - Richard Gordon

Eating Disorders

Anatomy of a Social Epidemic


Published: 7th April 2000
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In an extensively revised new edition of the successful Anorexia and Bulimia, Richard Gordon includes new information and discussion of the latest ideas in this rapidly growing research field. There is extensive discussion of the clinical aspects of disorders, in particular their relationship to obsessive-compulsive disorder, plus data of recovery and mortality. It also provides accounts of the latest research on the epidemiological status of eating disorders and the subsequent debate that this work has engendered. Further new features include the analysis of the role of sexual abuse in eating disorders, the relationship of obesity to anorexia and bulimia, and consideration of the recent debates surrounding the politics of eating disorders. The past two decades have witnessed an enormous increase in the number of cases of eating disorders in industrial societies. Richard Gordon brings together historical and cultural perspectives, as well as his own clinical experience, in order to examine the sociocultural roots of this apparent epidemic. The high incidence of these once rare conditions in contemporary societies can be traced to a number of interrelated factors: the changing role of women, the increasingly difficult transition from adolescence to adulthood, the social importance attached to physical beauty which focuses on thin body shape, a general pursuit of health and fitness and, ironically, the glamorization of anorexia in the mass media which has made its symptoms fashionable.

"He (Gordon) has successfully produced a very useful volume, which can be recommended as a primer which is readable, informative and well referenced...interesting and persuasive...coverage of the field is broad and most approaches are represented. A good read." Paul Robinson, European Eating Disorders Review, 2000, Vol 9, No 1.



1. Culture and Psychopathology: The Notion of an Ethnic Disorder.

2. Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

3. Dimensions of an Epidemic: The Epidemiology of Eating Disorders.

4. A Conflicted Female Identity.

5. The Thin Body Ideal.

6. The War Against Fat: Obesity, Dieting, and Exercise.

7. The Templates of a Disease.

8. The Cultural Politics of Eating Disorders.


ISBN: 9780631214960
ISBN-10: 0631214968
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 281
Published: 7th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.24  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised