The Eating Disorders

  • A. James Giannini
  • Andrew E. Slaby

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Andrew E. Slaby, Randall Dwenger
    Pages 1-17
  3. A. James Giannini
    Pages 18-21
  4. Deirdre K. Kocjan, A. James Giannini
    Pages 22-28
  5. James R. Hodge, Erwin A. Maseelall
    Pages 29-43
  6. Peter M. Bolo
    Pages 44-62
  7. William S. Rea, Irl L. Extein
    Pages 63-75
  8. David M. Martin, Carlton E. Turner, Brian K. Long
    Pages 76-92
  9. A. James Giannini
    Pages 104-109
  10. Russell D. Marx
    Pages 110-127
  11. Barbara Eller
    Pages 133-146
  12. Joel R. L. Ehrenkranz
    Pages 147-157
  13. Kurt J. Wegner, James A. Nard
    Pages 158-172
  14. Felix E. F. Larocca
    Pages 173-184
  15. Michael M. Newman
    Pages 185-195
  16. Phillip M. Sinaikin
    Pages 196-212
  17. Norman S. Miller
    Pages 213-226
  18. David J. Folts, Kent Tigges, Gary Jackson
    Pages 227-242
  19. David J. Folts, A. James Giannini
    Pages 243-254
  20. June Ventimiglia
    Pages 255-263
  21. A. James Giannini
    Pages 276-280
  22. Back Matter
    Pages 281-286

About this book


As fish must swim so must man drink and eat Titus Petronius Arbiter Examine thy customs of diet Francis Bacon For John eat & drank to drive away Loves pain But all he could do he grew thinner & thinner Tho he eat & drank as much as Ten men for dinner Some said he had a Wolf in his stomach day and night William Blake To paraphrase and cast in contemporary speech observations of the Gothic-era monk Bernard of Clairvaux, the eating disorders may be viewed as a corruption of the social process, a distortion of the body image, and a perversion of bodily processes. It is this multifactorial etiology that makes the diagnosis and treatment of dietary -disorders so difficult and frustrating. Because of social demands and a distorted (body) image, men and women have perverted the simple act of eating into always painful, sometimes tragic, and occasionally deadly outcomes. The eating disorders fall into three categories. There is obesity-the overconsumption of food, and its antithesis, anorexia-the act of vol­ untary starvation. In true Hegelian fashion, there follows the synthesis, bulimia-the voluntary purging of overconsumed amounts of food to produce an anorectic-like countenance. As the contributing authors em­ phasize in their chapters, these diseases are not unique to contemporary culture. Rather they are cultural artifacts, created by both men and women, since classical antiquity. The recognition of these diseases is dependent upon recognizing a disease actually exists: that there is a distortion of the eating process.


Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa attention brain depression eating disorder genetics interaction intervention management nutrition obesity physiology therapy treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • A. James Giannini
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrew E. Slaby
    • 3
  1. 1.Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.YoungstownUSA
  3. 3.Regent HospitalNew YorkUSA

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