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BITTENCOURT, Liliane de Jesus  and  ALMEIDA, Rafaela Andrade. Eating disorders: disease or life style?. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2013, vol.25, n.1, pp.220-229. ISSN 1807-0310.

The internet is a new space of reconfiguration of the social relationship therefore young people with eating disorders have been using the net as a way of expressing themselves, through the pro-anorexia and bulimia communities. This paper attempt to understand the difference between hegemonic approaches and the belief of these young people, from anthropological theories about the health and the disease, the bioascese and feminist theories. Using the interpretation of meanings it's noticed that the eating disorders are considered lifestyles whereby we seek to escape the suffering through the control of bodies and desires. There is a plot between control, power and domination, in which young people plead for autonomy and independence, the society defines and regulates their bodies, and thus impose a domination, and the professionals having the health discourses as bases, intend to teach them how to control their bodies, exerting somewhat a power over the other.

Keywords : eating disorders; life style; internet; social networks.

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