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By Mervat Nasser

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are one of the few psychiatric syndromes with a believable socio-cultural version of causation. problems with tradition and slimness tend to be thought of by way of the event of the western international, yet there's a turning out to be physique of study suggesting that drawback with slimness is changing into extra ordinary in non-western cultures.
In Culture and Weight Consciousness, Mervat Nasser brings jointly this study and appears on the contemporary emergence of consuming issues in cultures that have been formerly freed from such difficulties. She relates the feminist theories which were recommend to provide an explanation for the phenomenon of consuming problems within the west to the of recent girls in lots of non-western cultures and concludes that their place isn't really in any respect that diverse from that in their western opposite numbers. This leads her to handle the present obstacles of the idea that of tradition and draw out the results for destiny research.

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The performance of the EAT in the West Berlin group was considered comparable to that in Britain and Belgium, while its validity was questioned among the East Berliners. The differences in this study between East and West Berliners were explained in terms of sociocultural differences between the two groups. The authors concluded that it would remain to be seen if these differences would diminish after reunification (Neumärker et al. 1992). Germany was found on the whole to have lower rates of eating pathology than North America and other countries in Europe (Steinhausen 1984, Neumärker et al.

It was suggested that 3–5 per cent of adolescent Czech girls could be at risk of developing eating disorders despite the fact that the medical profession and health services remain largely uninformed of the problem (Krch 1994). It has been argued that eastern Europe is now experiencing gross economic, social and political changes, with strong identification with western Europe, which could be responsible for this phenomenon (Rathner et al. 1995). 4 summarizes the studies of eating disorders in Europe.

The majority of non-western societies also have developing economies; hence they are considered protected from disorders commonly associated with affluence. More important, however, is the view that gender roles in these societies are thought to be clearly defined, and therefore their women should not in theory have the conflicts over gender definition that is seen by the feminist theorists to be at the heart of the vulnerability of modern western women to eating pathology. These were the long-held beliefs that formed the basis of the view that eating disorders were rare in non-western cultures.

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