The film Dying to be Thin is a good tutorial on eating disorders and their dangers. Even if it mainly focuses on the views of the disorder that effects mostly young women. As we know Anorexia is the restriction of intake of foods and this may be accompanied by purging and or the use of laxatives and diuretics. This also included the disorder of exercise anorexia which may not have any food related issues just the overdoing of exercising in varying forms.
Bulimia on the other hand has the purging and other methods of removing the food, but includes first overeating huge quantities in perhaps a whole day’s intake of calories in a two hour period. Both conditions are characterized by the effects lasting for months if not years.
Typically both suffer from body dysmorphia where they see themselves as too heavy whether they are or not. Although in the case of Bulimia the client will not be underweight they can be a normal weight, so this may be even more difficult to see by family members and doctors. .
We are introduced to the world of Ballet in the very beginning of…show more content… However, unlike other addictions food is a necessity so this addiction has to be treated with behavioral changes not merely abstinence. Although many therapists today contract their patients to be abstinent from purging. One of the things that is pointed out both in the movie and our text is hat long term treatment is necessary. Even for the body to begin processing food normally again the patient has to be refed normal and gain weight for a long period of time to avoid relapse. In our book hey outlined the recommended numbers of days in treatment by country and while the US was around 45 days counties like Switzerland were recommending 300 days. But that is a health care issue, that applies to many diagnosis’ It is clear that it will take a huge amount of therapy, perhaps CBT and refeeding and gaining for relapse to be prevented