Risk factors are also common in eating disorder cases.

There is no strong relationship between abuse in childhood or unhappy experiences and anorexia. But we do have the impression that the sufferer has been an overly sensitive child growing into a teenager who feels like a failure no matter how well he or she is doing; someone who feels out of step with everything that is going on in life.

The most common victims are women, however men are affected as well.

Age, sexual orientation, and culture show patterns in the prevalence of the disorder.

In the end, we are all possible victims.

Recurrent and inappropriate behavior aimed at compensating for the weight gain, self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications; fasting; or excessive exercise.

A lack of control over binge eating.

The criteria is as follows: Recurrent episodes of binge-eating--consuming an amount of food which is much larger than most would eat during a similar period of time--at least once a week for three months.

It is safe to say that thin is in, and thinner is always better--aesthetically that is.

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It is likely that cases of anorexia will continue to emerge in the community, in the same was as they have been doing since cases first started being recorded, and even if there is a sea change in cultural pressures impacting on how we experience our embodiment.

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Treatment for male anorexia is exactly the same as described for females but many sufferers are “hidden” in the community and the apparent scarcity of the condition has not allowed us to pursue the research which could identify specific strategies that may be especially useful to males.

Data can be viewed in Chart G in Appendix I.

Once an eating disorder develops, it is exactly the same illness whether the sufferer is male or female. Thus, men benefit from the same treatment as women. However male reluctance to seek help is compounded by many believing that their particular issues about being male will not be addressed. The NCFED has an essay about male eating problems on the information page of the website.

The subject�s self-evaluation is based on and influenced mainly by body shape and weight.

The participants consisted of both men and women.

The parents of a child in the initial stages of anorexia may deny that anything is wrong, even when their child’s behaviour gives rise to concern among schoolmates or people who may not have seen the child for a while. This may be because the anorexic is expert at hiding how much weight he or she has really lost, or it may be due to a family tendency to shy away from drama and problems. Parents may be worried in case their child falls behind with their schoolwork or loses their place on a team. If the child appears to be keeping up, they do not want to rock the boat.

The only way this is possible is by knowing what causes the specific disorder.

Monozygotic twins have identical genes, while dizygotic twins do not.

A mother who had or still has an eating disorder may drive the same weight expectations into her children, conditioning them to have the same expectations.

Implications for Conceptualizing Their Etiology, by Pamela Keel and Kelly Klump did just that.

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Many schools now offer eating disorder prevention programmes. These take varying forms. There are programmes which teach young students about eating disorders, those which focus on boosting self esteem and some which teach media literacy and convey anti-dieting messages. While attitudes and behaviour show short term changes these are not sustained. Some programmes actually intensify undesired behaviour in the long term and there is no evidence that they succeed in preventing anorexia or the other forms of eating distress.