Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa

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The author of this article, Dr. Austin, is with the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health of Harvard School of Public Health. She is the Director of Fellowship Research Training in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is an award-winning researcher, and her primary research addresses social and environmental influences on physical activity, nutritional patterns, and eating disorders in school and community settings.
This journal article was written to inform the reader of the need for a public health approach to eating disorders prevention. Psychiatrists or psychologists, not public health professionals, have made most advances in eating disorder prevention. The author believes that if public health professionals become more involved with developing prevention strategies, the public health approach to preventing eating disorders would be more successful. Public health professionals would provide research that focuses on the macro level of prevention (i.e. environmental targets), which has not been provided by psychiatrists and psychologists.
I would use this journal article in my paper to answer the question, “How can anorexia nervosa be prevented?” I would use the information given in the article to discuss how public health initiatives could prevent anorexia nervosa by targeting the macro-environment, like the diet-product industry, the laxative industry, the cosmetic surgery and procedures industry, the fashion industry, advertising, etc.

Dr. Simona Giodano is a Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the University of Manchester’s School of Law in Manchester, England. She completed her Ph.D. in psychiatric ethics in 2000 and was a Marie...

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