SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.15 issue3Practice of paraglider and risky behaviors: an analysis starting from the concept of sensorial domeThe culture of consuming: a lacanian psychoanalyst reading author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links


Psicologia em Estudo

Print version ISSN 1413-7372


OLIVEIRA, Leticia Langlois  and  HUTZ, Claúdio Simon. Eating disorders: the role of cultural aspects in the contemporary world. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.3, pp.575-582. ISSN 1413-7372.

Eating disorders are pathologies mainly characterized by the morbid fear of gaining weight. Several factors comprise the etiology, the endurance and severity of these illnesses such as patient's individuality, family and culture.  About the latter, the historical, aesthetic, the media, transcultural, socioeconomic, racial and gender roles are underlined. Recent research performed in various cultural backgrounds has shown the existence of a relationship between these factors and the levels of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. The aim of this article is to show a discussion about the cultural aspects involved in the increase number of cases of eating disorders. This paper aims to underline the need of experts of various fields to be aware of the dangers of the present beauty standards, so that preventive interventions can be addressed.

Keywords : Eating disorders; cultural aspects; beauty standards.

        · abstract in Portuguese | Spanish     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License