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EATING DISORDER

By
Ni Ketut Alit A
Faculty Of Nursing Airlangga
University
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EATING DISORDERS
Current Western beauty standards equate thinness

with health and beauty

There has been a rise in eating disorders in the past

three decades

The core issue is a morbid fear of weight gain

Two main diagnoses:


Anorexia nervosa
Bulimia nervosa

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ANOREXIA NERVOSA
The main symptoms of anorexia nervosa are:
A refusal to maintain more than 85% of normal
body weight
Intense fears of becoming overweight
A distorted view of body weight and shape
Amenorrhea

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Anorexia Nervosa
There are two main subtypes:
Restricting type
Lose weight by restricting bad foods, eventually
restricting nearly all food
Show almost no variability in diet

Binge-eating/purging type
Lose weight by vomiting after meals, abusing laxatives
or diuretics, or engaging in excessive exercise
Like those with bulimia nervosa, people with this subtype
may engage in eating binges
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Anorexia Nervosa
About 9095% of cases occur in females
The peak age of onset is between 14 and 18

years

Around 0.5% of females in Western countries

develop the disorder

Many more display some symptoms

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Anorexia Nervosa
The typical case:
A normal to slightly overweight female has been on a diet
Escalation to anorexia nervosa may follow a stressful
event
Separation of parents
Move or life transition
Experience of personal failure

Most patients recover


However, about 2 to 6% become seriously ill and die as a result of
medical complications or suicide
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Anorexia Nervosa: The Clinical Picture


The key goal for people with anorexia

nervosa is thinness
The driving motivation is FEAR:
Of becoming obese
Of losing control of body shape and weight

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Anorexia Nervosa: The Clinical Picture


Despite their dietary restrictions, people with

anorexia are extremely preoccupied with food


This includes thinking and reading about food
and planning for meals
This relationship is not necessarily causal
It may be the result of food deprivation, as evidenced
by the famous.

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Anorexia Nervosa: The Clinical Picture


People with anorexia nervosa also demonstrate

distorted thinking:
Often have a low opinion of their body shape
Tend to overestimate their actual proportions
Adjustable lens assessment technique overestimate size by 20%

Hold maladaptive attitudes and beliefs


I must be perfect in every way
I will be a better person if I deprive myself
I can avoid guilt by not eating

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Anorexia Nervosa: The Clinical Picture


People with anorexia may also display certain

psychological problems:

Depression (usually mild)


Anxiety
Low self-esteem
Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
Substance abuse
Obsessive-compulsive patterns
Perfectionism

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Anorexia Nervosa: Problems


Caused by starvation:
Amenorrhea

Slow heart rate

Low body temperature

Metabolic and
electrolyte imbalance

Low blood pressure


Body swelling
Reduced bone density

Dry skin, brittle nails


Poor circulation
Lanugo

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BULIMIA NERVOSA
Bulimia nervosa, also known as binge-purge

syndrome, is characterized by binges:


Bouts of uncontrolled overeating during a limited
period of time
Often objectively more than most people would/could
eat in a similar period

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Bulimia Nervosa
The disorder is also characterized by

compensatory behaviors, which mark the


subtype of the condition:
Purging-type bulimia nervosa
Vomiting
Misusing laxatives, diuretics, or enemas

Nonpurging-type bulimia nervosa


Fasting
Exercising excessively
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Bulimia Nervosa
Like anorexia nervosa, about 9095% of

bulimia nervosa cases occur in females


The peak age of onset is between 15 and 21

years
Symptoms may last for several years with

periodic letup

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Bulimia Nervosa
Patients are generally of normal weight
May be slightly overweight
Often experience weight fluctuations

Binge-eating disorder may be a related

diagnosis

Symptoms include a pattern of binge eating with


NO compensatory behaviors (such as vomiting)
This condition is not yet listed in the DSM
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Bulimia Nervosa
Teens and young adults have frequently

attempted binge-purge patterns as a means of


weight loss, often after hearing accounts of
bulimia from friends or the media

In one study:
50% of college students reported periodic binges
6% tried vomiting
8% experimented with laxatives at least once
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Bulimia Nervosa:
Binges
For people with bulimia nervosa, the number of

binges per week can range from 2 to 40


Average: 10 per week

Binges are often carried out in secret


Binges involve eating massive amounts of food rapidly
with little chewing
Binge-eaters commonly consume more than 1500 calories
(often more than 3000 calories) per binge episode

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Bulimia Nervosa:
Binges
Binges are usually preceded by feelings of

tension and/or powerlessness


Although the binge itself may be pleasurable,

it is usually followed by feelings of extreme


self-blame, guilt, depression, and fears of
weight gain and discovery

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Bulimia Nervosa:
Compensatory Behaviors
After a binge, people with bulimia nervosa try to

compensate for and undo the caloric effects


The most common compensatory behaviors:
Vomiting
Affects ability to feel satiated greater hunger and bingeing

Laxatives and diuretics


Almost completely fail to reduce the number of calories
consumed

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Bulimia Nervosa:
Compensatory Behaviors
Compensatory behaviors may temporarily

relieve the negative feelings attached to binge


eating
Over time, however, a cycle develops in which
purging bingeing purging

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Bulimia Nervosa
The typical case:
A normal to slightly overweight female has been
on an intense diet
Research suggests that even among normal
subjects, bingeing often occurs after strict dieting
For example, a study of binge-eating behavior in a
low-calorie weight loss program found that 62% of
patients reported binge-eating episodes during
treatment

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Bulimia Nervosa vs.


Anorexia Nervosa
Similarities:
Onset after a period of dieting
Fear of becoming obese
Drive to become thin
Preoccupation with food, weight, appearance
Elevated risk of self-harm or attempts at suicide
Feelings of anxiety, depression, perfectionism
Substance abuse
Disturbed attitudes toward eating
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Bulimia Nervosa vs.


Anorexia Nervosa
Differences:
People with bulimia are more worried about pleasing
others, being attractive to others, and having intimate
relationships
People with bulimia tend to be more sexually experienced
People with bulimia display fewer of the obsessive
qualities that drive restricting-type anorexia
People with bulimia are more likely to have histories of
mood swings, low frustration tolerance, and poor coping

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Bulimia Nervosa vs.


Anorexia Nervosa
Differences:
People with bulimia tend to be controlled by emotion
may change friendships easily
People with bulimia are more likely to display
characteristics of a personality disorder
Different medical complications:
Only half of women with bulimia experience amenorrhea vs.
almost all women with anorexia
People with bulimia suffer damage caused by purging, especially
from vomiting and laxatives

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Causes Eating Disorders


Most theorists subscribe to a multidimensional risk

perspective:
Several key factors place individuals at risk
More factors = greater risk
Leading factors:
Sociocultural conditions (societal and family pressures)
Psychological problems (ego, cognitive, and mood disturbances)
Biological factors

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Causes Eating Disorders: Societal Pressures


Many theorists argue that current Western

standards of female attractiveness have


contributed to the rise of eating disorders
Standards have changed throughout history
toward a thinner ideal

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Causes Eating Disorders: Societal Pressures


Certain groups are at greater risk from these

pressures:
Models, actors, dancers, and certain athletes
Of college athletes surveyed, 9% met full criteria for
an eating disorder while another 50% had symptoms
20% of surveyed gymnasts met full criteria for an
eating disorder

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Causes Eating Disorders:Societal Pressures


The socially-accepted prejudice against

overweight people may also add to the fear


and preoccupation about weight
About 50% of elementary and 61% of middle
school girls are currently dieting

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Causes Eating Disorders : Family Environment


Families may play a critical role in the

development of eating disorders


As many as half of the families of those with
eating disorders have a long history of
emphasizing thinness, appearance, and dieting
Mothers of those with eating disorders are more
likely to be dieters and perfectionistic themselves

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Causes Eating Disorders : Family


Environment
Abnormal family interactions and forms of

communication within a family may also set the


stage for an eating disorder
Minuchin cites enmeshed family patterns as causal
factors of eating disorders
These patterns include overinvolvement in, and overconcern
about, family members lives
Such families can be affectionate and loyal but can also foster
clinginess and dependency
Children are allowed little room for individuality and
independence
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Causes Eating Disorders


Ego Deficiencies and Cognitive Disturbances
Bruch : eating disorders are the result of

disturbed motherchild interactions which


lead to serious ego deficiencies in the child
and to severe cognitive disturbances

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Causes Eating Disorders :


Ego Deficiencies and Cognitive Disturbances
Bruch : parents may respond to their children either

effectively or ineffectively

Effective parents accurately attend to a childs biological


and emotional needs
Ineffective parents fail to attend to childs internal needs;
they feed when the child is anxious, comfort when the
child is tired, etc.
Children who receive such parenting may grow up confused and
unaware of their own internal needs; they are unable to identify
their own emotions

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Causes Eating Disorders:


Ego Deficiencies and Cognitive Disturbances
There is some empirical support for Bruchs

theory from clinical sources


People with bulimia eat in response to emotions;
many mistakenly think they are also hungry
People with eating disorders rely excessively on
the opinions, wishes, and views of others
They are more likely to worry about how they are
viewed, to seek approval, to be conforming, and to feel
a lack of life control
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Causes Eating Disorders :


Mood Disorders
Many people with eating disorders,

particularly those with bulimia nervosa,


experience symptoms of depression
Theorists believe mood disorders may set the
stage for eating disorders

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Causes Eating Disorders


Mood Disorders
There is some empirical support for the claim that

mood disorders set the stage for eating disorders

Many more people with an eating disorder qualify for a


clinical diagnosis of major depressive disorder than do
people in the general population
Close relatives of those with eating disorders seem to have
higher rates of mood disorders
People with eating disorders, especially those with bulimia
nervosa, have low levels of serotonin
Symptoms of eating disorders are helped by antidepressant
medications
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Causes Eating Disorders :


Biological Factors
Biological theorists suspect that some people

inherit a genetic tendency to develop an


eating disorder
Consistent with this model:

Relatives of people with eating disorders are 6 times


more likely to develop the disorder themselves

These findings may be related to low serotonin

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Causes Eating Disorders : Biological Factors


Other theorists believe that eating disorders

may be related to dysfunction of the


hypothalamus
Researchers have identified two separate areas
that control eating:
Lateral hypothalamus (LH)
Ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH)

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Causes Eating Disorders :


Biological Factors
Some theorists believe that the LH and VMH are

responsible for weight set point a weight


thermostat of sorts
Set by genetic inheritance and early eating practices, this
mechanism is responsible for keeping an individual at a
particular weight level
If weight falls below set point: hunger, metabolism binges
If weight rises above set point: hunger, metabolism

Dieters end up in a fight against themselves to lose weight

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Treatments for Eating Disorders


Eating disorder treatments have two main

goals:
Correct abnormal eating patterns
Address broader psychological and situational
factors that have led to and are maintaining the
eating problem
This often requires the participation of family and
friends

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Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa


The initial aims of treatment for anorexia

nervosa are to:


Restore proper weight
Recover from malnourishment
Restore proper eating

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Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa


In the past, treatment took place in a hospital setting;

it is now often offered in an outpatient setting


In life-threatening cases, clinicians may force tube

and intravenous feeding


This may breed distrust in the patient and create a power
struggle

Most common technique now is the use of

supportive nursing care and high calorie diets

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Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa


Therapists use a mixture of therapy and

education to achieve this broader goal


One focus of treatment is building autonomy and
self-awareness
Therapists help patients recognize their need
for independence and control
Therapists help patients recognize and trust
their internal feelings
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Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa


Another focus of treatment is correcting

disturbed cognitions, especially client


misperceptions and attitudes about eating and
weight
Using cognitive approaches, therapists correct
disturbed cognitions and educate about body
distortions

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Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa


Another focus of treatment is changing family

interactions
Family therapy is important for anorexia
The main issues are often separation and
boundaries

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Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa


The use of combined treatment approaches

has greatly improved the outlook for people


with anorexia nervosa
But even with combined treatment, recovery is
difficult

The course and outcome of the disorder vary

from person to person

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Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa


Positives of treatment:
Weight gain is often quickly restored
83% of patients still showed improvements
after several years
Menstruation often returns with return to normal
weight

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Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa


Negatives of treatment:
Close to 20% of patients remain troubled for
years
Even when it occurs, recovery is not always
permanent
Relapses are usually triggered by stress
Many patients still express concerns about body shape
and weight

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Treatments for Bulimia Nervosa


Treatment programs are relatively new but

have risen in popularity


Treatment is frequently offered in specialized

eating disorder clinics

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Treatments for Bulimia Nervosa


The initial aims of treatment for bulimia

nervosa are to:


Eliminate binge-purge patterns
Establish good eating habits
Eliminate the underlying cause of bulimic patterns

Programs emphasize education as much as

therapy

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Treatments for Bulimia Nervosa


Several treatment strategies:
Individual insight therapy
The insight approach receiving the most attention is cognitive
therapy, which helps clients recognize and change their
maladaptive attitudes toward food, eating, weight, and shape
As many as 65% stop their binge-purge cycle
If cognitive therapy isnt effective, interpersonal therapy (IPT), a
treatment that seeks to improve interpersonal functioning, may be
tried
A number of clinicians also suggest self-help groups or self-care
manuals

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Treatments for Bulimia Nervosa


Several treatment strategies:
Behavioral therapy
Behavioral techniques are often included in treatment
as a supplement to cognitive therapy
Diaries are often a useful component of treatment
Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is used to
break the binge-purge cycle

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Treatments for Bulimia Nervosa


Several treatment strategies:
Antidepressant medications
During the past decade, antidepressant drugs have
been used in bulimia treatment
Most common is fluoxetine (Prozac), an SSRI
Drugs help 25 to 40% of patients

Medications are best when used in combination with


other forms of therapy

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Treatments for Bulimia Nervosa


Several treatment strategies:
Group therapy
Provides an opportunity for patients to express their
thoughts, concerns, and experiences with one another
Helpful in as many as 75% of cases, especially when
combined with individual insight therapy

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Treatments for Bulimia Nervosa


Left untreated, bulimia can last for years
Treatment provides immediate, significant

improvement in about 40% of cases


An additional 40% show moderate improvement

Follow-up studies suggest that 10 years after

treatment, about 90% of patients have fully or


partially recovered
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Treatments for Bulimia Nervosa


Relapse can be a significant problem, even among

those who respond successfully to treatment


Relapses are usually triggered by stress
Relapses are more likely among persons who:
Had a longer history of symptoms
Vomited frequently
Had histories of substance use
Have lingering interpersonal problems

Finally, treatment may also help improve overall

psychological and social functioning

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