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Psychological explanations of Anorexia Nervosa

Socio-cultural

Cultural ideas/media influence:
AO1 ­ The portrayal of thin models in magazines/TV is a factor in body image concerns and drive for
thinness in western adolescents
AO2 ­ Becker et al (2002) Fijian girls desired to lose weight to look like western TV characters…

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Neurodevelopment:
AO1 ­AN can be linked to pregnancy and birth complications aswell as season of birth
AO2 ­ Bulik et al (2005) mothers with AN expose offspring to `double disadvantage' ­ genetic
vulnerability to AN and inadequate nutrition during pregnancy
AO2 ­ Willoughby et al (2005) found those with AN…

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