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90% of all people with eating disorders (such as Anorexia and Bulimia)
are female (British Medical Association 2008)
How might a sociologist account for the high incidence of eating
disorders among women?

Eating disorders can only be applied to people who have the option to eat, generally they live in…

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obsession with body image is what causes women to feel that the best way to achieve this goal is to
strictly control how they eat and live their lives. Although software is also used to refine and improve
images of men, the image which is portrayed is usually of a…

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control.' (Brown & Jasper 1993 p17) There has been a reduced emphasis on women's fertility since
the industrialisation of western society, `and as women experienced advances in economic, political,
and social life, thinness came to symbolise wealth, independence, and freedom.' (Brown & Jasper
1993 p18) This has resulted in a…

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The social situations and pressures which people are put under may have a large influence on the
development of an eating disorder. One example of this is school where it was found that `anorexia
nervosa typically affects young, well educated middle-class females.' (Crisp, Palmer, & Kalucy 1976)
School may play…

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to counteract this lack of control they find another way to obtain control through the management of
what the consume through food. Male eating disorders are much less prominent because of a
difference in pressures from the media about body image, with males being more driven towards
muscle than weight…


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