HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
The cult - and culture - of anorexia

A new study into anorexia has found people with this condition often form secretive "cults" with other anorexics in order to feel as if they are part of a group.

Megan Warin, a PhD student at Adelaide University's department of Anthropology and Social Inquiry, has spent the past three years researching the day-to-day social effects anorexia has on 46 women and men in Australia, Canada and Scotland.

Her research is particularly important and distinctive as it is believed to be among the first of its type in the world.

"The main theme of my research was how these people dealt with anorexia in the context of their everyday lives," she says. "I wanted to go beyond the shallow, media-generated stereotypes of anorexia and see just how it affects people and the way they interact with the world around them."

One of her central findings was that participants did not always experience anorexia as a debilitating psychiatric illness; rather, it was an empowering process that opened up a whole new way of relating to the world.

This was most apparent when people came together in treatment settings, where they often formed highly secretive "cults" or "clubs" with other anorexia "sufferers", a coming together which gave them a powerful feeling of connection or belonging. They related to each other through a bevy of secret knowledges and practices, though allegiance, hierarchy, language and bodily markers.

"What I found was that people with anorexia transform many of the things that we might consider to be fundamental to social relationships," Ms Warin says. "These are things like relating to family, friendships, the sharing of food, and sharing space with others - all of these are a very large part of how we normally live our lives, but for people with anorexia these things are often negated.

"Many talked about feeling alienated from their families. Nearly all refused to eat with others, and they often refused to engage in social activities, es
'"/>

Contact: Megan Warin
megan.warin@adelaide.edu.au
0407-610-516
Adelaide University
3-Jun-2001


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. National Academies Advisory: June 25 UN public briefing on agriculture in Africa
2. Long-term effects of embryo culture on behavior studied
3. Transgenic animals produced using cultured sperm
4. Plant pathologists express need for plant pathology-related microbial culture resources
5. Grant promotes marine ornamental fish aquaculture
6. Pushing marine fish aquaculture forward
7. Poll: NY residents split on biotechnology in food and agriculture
8. UC Riverside is part of new initiative to share patented research on agriculture
9. Researchers use lab cultures to create robotic semi-living artist
10. Farming the tigers of the sea undermines the promise of aquaculture
11. K-State professor examines connections between food, culture and psychology in new book

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/20/2016)... , Dec. 20, 2016 The ... sharing, rental and leasing is stoking significant interest ... radio frequency technology, Bluetooth low energy (BLE), biometrics ... as the next wave of wireless technologies in ... access system to advanced access systems opens the ...
(Date:12/16/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced the ... Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. ... The biometric vehicle access system ... CAGR of 14.06% from 2016 to 2021. The market is estimated ... reach 854.8 Million by 2021. The growth of the biometric vehicle ...
(Date:12/15/2016)... 2016 ... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... The report forecasts the global military biometrics market to grow at ... report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs ... prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 16, 2017 , ... ... prestigious Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Tibbetts ... significant economic or social impact […] and are considered the best of the ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... ... a CAGR of 16.83% during the period 2017-2021. The ... biopolymers market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers ... report also includes a a discussion of the key vendors operating in ...
(Date:1/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Each year, Crain’s Detroit Business News ranks the most innovative ... patent estate of a company, its impact and significance, and the likelihood of bringing ... in technologies that transform energy sources such as low dose X-ray and convert them ...
(Date:1/12/2017)... , Jan. 12, 2017   Protein Sciences ... maker of Flublok Influenza Vaccine ®, announced ... candidate had good safety results and induced strong ... studies. The product is expected to advance into ... In addition, the Institute of Technology in Immunobiologicals ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: