EXCI 233 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Family Therapy, Binge Eating, Bulimia Nervosa
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Review Questions-Eating Disorders
1. What is the typical profile of a person who develops an eating disorder?
A typical profile of a person who develops an eating disorder is generally an intelligent, adolescent female
overachiever who feels ineffective and has low self-esteem.
2. What are some of the factors that increase the risk of someone developing an eating disorder?
Some of the factors that increase the risk of someone developing an eating disorder include;
sociocultural, psychological, and biological. Also, it involves abnormalities in the brain neurotransmitter
3. What are the behaviours associated with anorexia, and what are the physical consequences to
someone with anorexia?
Behaviours associated with anorexia are self-starvation, weight loss, and exercise.
Physical consequences to someone with anorexia include; severe weight loss, muscle loss, bone density
decreases, monthly periods ceases, skin becomes thin, hair is dry and brittle, and electrolyte imbalances
(may lead to death).
4. What are the behaviours associated with bulimia, and what are the physical consequences to
someone suffering from bulimia?
Involves a cycle of binging followed by purging.
Physical consequences include stomach acids coming into the esophagus and mouth, leading to
esophageal irritation and problems with the mouth and gums.
5. What are the behaviours associated with binge-eating disorder?
Eat large amount of foods at one sitting, but will not purge after the binge.
6. Describe an eating binge (caloric intake, etc), and the physical and psychological results of long-
term binge eating behaviour.
During an eating binge, the person experiences a sense of lack of control. May consume over 3400
kcalories in under two hours.
May be normal, over, or under weight.
Similar to bulimia.
7. List the common element in the treatment of eating disorders, especially with anorexia and
Psychological, behavioural, nutritional therapy, family therapy, and hospitalization.
Psychological, nutritional therapy, and anti-depressants.
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