Minority Emphasis

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Society and Eating Disorders: Minority Emphasis Society and Eating Disorders: Minority Emphasis WHY DO WOMEN STARVE Why do women starve? Is it because they can not afford food? Is it because their taste bubs have been altered? Is it because they are white and rich? Do minority women starve themselves too? Why do women over eat? Why do women force themselves to vomit? Why would a full grown woman weighing 95 pounds stand in the mirror and say she looks fat? It is in the spirit of theses questions that this paper was written. These questions refer to what is known as eating disorders. Eating disorders involve serious instabilities in eating behavior. This can mean an unhealthy reduction of food intake or extreme over eating.…show more content…
Therefore, it is a barrier because many do not have health insurance and if they do, mental health is limited. Psychologists who are not culturally competent may not be able to get through to the African American clients. Therefore, the likelihood of a client returning is slim to none. The following pages can serve as a guide to aid counselors in treating African American women with eating disorders. SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS People develop and experience eating disorders differently. They can often go undetected because it is a very secretive issue. Behavioral warning signs such as moodiness can be seen as normal. Social warnings can include withdrawal or isolation, decreased interest in normal activities or hobbies and avoid activities that involve food. Eating disorders frequently co-occur with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. As a result, treatment can expand to include all aspects of mental health. Therefore, early detection of these illnesses can offset the remaining. Some symptoms of an eating disorder may include wanting to eat meals alone, obsession with exercise and long stays in the bathroom after a meal. Other symptoms and signs of anorexia and bulimia are listed

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