Psychology Explanations for Anorexia Nervosa

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1. What did Becker find when TV was introduced to Fiji?

  • Greater desire to put on weight
  • Body views changed & greater desire to lose weight
  • Wanted to make more Western channels available to them
  • They objected to the Western 'ideal'
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2. What can dieting amongst peers lead to?

  • Unhealthy weight control behaviours (Diet Pills)
  • Controlled dieting with effective outcomes
  • Continued negative attitudes towards weight
  • Jealousy and fall-outs

3. What do Anorexics typically feel?

  • A lack of control on their lives
  • Depressed
  • Positivity towards their bodies
  • Ignorance to the views of others

4. What did France do to try and prevent media influences on AN?

  • Started broadcasting anti-dieting programmes
  • Sign a Charter of Goodwill - diversity of body types in media
  • More diverse models chosen for Paris Fashion Week
  • Organisation targeting adolescents believed to be at risk of AN

5. What was the main reason Jones and Crawford found for peer teasing?

  • Spots and Pimples
  • Underweight girls & Underweight boys
  • Underweight boys & Overweight girls
  • The way they dressed


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