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:2/1/2016)... -- Rising sales of consumer electronics coupled ... gesture control market size through ... electronics coupled with new technological advancements to drive global ... through 2020   --> Rising ... to drive global touchfree intuitive gesture control market ...
(Date:2/1/2016)... 2016  Wocket® smart wallet ( www.wocketwallet.com ) announces the launch of ... Fatone . Las Vegas , where Joey appeared ... Las Vegas , where Joey appeared at the Wocket ... video ad was filmed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES2016) in ... to meet and greet fans. --> ...
(Date:1/27/2016)... , Jan. 27, 2016  Rite Track, Inc. ... in West Chester, Ohio announced ... winning service staff, based in Austin, Texas ... and ability to provide modifications, installations and technical support ... , CEO of PLUS, commented, "PLUS has provided world ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... Early-career researchers from Indonesia , ... Uganda and Yemen honored ... Indonesia , Nepal , ... are being honored for their accomplishments in nutrition, psychiatry, biotechnology, ... young women scientists who are pursuing careers in agriculture, biology and medicine ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , Feb.10, 2016 ASAE is introducing a ... Management Companies (AMC) the option of joining or renewing ... fee determined by staff size, every employee in any ... ASAE and reap all available member benefits.   ... new organizational membership options will allow organizations of any ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... 10, 2016  Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ) ... Brent Saunders , Allergan,s CEO and President, will be ... session at the RBC Capital Markets Healthcare Conference on ... The New York Palace Hotel in New ... live and can be accessed on Allergan,s Investor Relations ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... HOLLOWAY AMERICA, a leading custom stainless steel ... Chapter 21st Annual Vendor Exhibition on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The Rocky Mountain ... annual event, which will run from 3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at The ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: