Orthorexia and Gender

As we learned in Blog Post 1, Orthorexia is a fairly new phenomenon that was officially named in the 1990s. Many believe that Orthorexia as we know it today stems from the wellness culture that has existed in the United States since the early sixties. Wellness culture went mainstream in around the eighties, with the… Continue reading Orthorexia and Gender

Binge Eating Disorder: Gender Differences

            As we learned in my last post, binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting all age groups and genders. BED is usually seen in teens and early adults, and is experienced by up to 3.5% of women and 2% of men. In women, BED usually comes-on in… Continue reading Binge Eating Disorder: Gender Differences

Bulimia nervosa: Gender and Stigma

Without taking gender into account, people with eating disorders experience extensive stigma (O’Connor et al., 2019), from a discredited social identity to internalized issues with self esteem. Specifically with Bulimia, stigma can stem from the compensatory behaviors that follow periods of binge-eating. When examining gender and Bulimia, stigma only grows as eating disorders are often… Continue reading Bulimia nervosa: Gender and Stigma

Anorexia nervosa: Gender inequalities in reaction and treatment of Anorexia

“The National Eating Disorders Association cites that 20 million women and 10 million men will have an eating disorder during their lifetime. Males make up 25% of people with anorexia” (Spanjers, 2021).  Specifically this post will be talking about Anorexia Nervosa, which is a severe and sometimes deadly disease. “The risk of death due to… Continue reading Anorexia nervosa: Gender inequalities in reaction and treatment of Anorexia

History of Anorexia nervosa

The notion of eating disorders has been a prevalent issue globally and culturally spanning across all genders. It is characterized by “persistent disturbance of eating or eating-related behavior that results in the altered consumption or absorption of food and that significantly impairs health or psychosocial functioning” (Dell’Osso et al., 2016). One such example is anorexia… Continue reading History of Anorexia nervosa

Eating Disorders and Gender: Introduction

Our group will compose a series of blog posts discussing eating disorders and how different genders experience them. We will focus on Anorexia nervosa (Baylee), Bulimia nervosa (Elena), Orthorexia (Ciara) and Binge eating (Anna). To make the topics more manageable, we’ll focus on experiences within the United States. The following blog posts will aid you… Continue reading Eating Disorders and Gender: Introduction

History of Bulimia nervosa

As opposed to Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa is a relatively new eating disorder in diagnostic history. In 1979, British psychiatrist Dr. Gerald Russell found several of his patients to be suffering from a different type of eating disorder than the typical version of Anorexia. He thought it was a “chronic phase of anorexia nervosa” (Castillo… Continue reading History of Bulimia nervosa