(Answered) SOCW 6200 week 5 Assignment: Eating Disorders

Cultures idealizing thinness, pressure from peers to fit in, and constant images of bodily perfection shown by mass media, along with additional physiological and psychological factors, can combine to create the perfect storm for adolescents struggling with eating disorders. For this Assignment, choose one peer-reviewed research study about eating disorders that focuses on a minority group of adolescents. Consider connections between physiological development, adolescence, and eating disorders.

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Submit a 2- to 4-page paper for which you articulate a position on eating disorders in adolescent girls from diverse racial and cultural experiences. Explain how the position is related to the biological and/or physiological development as well as psychological development of adolescent girls. Further, explain how such findings can inform evidence-based social work practice. Please use the Learning Resources and the research study you identified to support your answer.



There is an increase in eating disorders prevalence in the modern world. According to Latzer, Spivak-Lavi, and Katz (2015), eating disorders usually present at the adolescent’s age or early childhood. Recently, this disorder has been recognized as among the most prevalent conditions facing young adults and female adolescents. Latzer, Spivak-Lavi, and Katz (2015) point out that common eating disorders include bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN), binge eating disorder (BED) and other unspecified eating conditions that as stipulated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Considering the statistical information on these conditions, Latzer, Spivak-Lavi, and Katz (2015) are of the opinion that although all the above-mentioned conditions occur among both males and females, prevalence is higher in females as men account for 5-10% of the total patients. This paper, therefore, evaluates the eating disorders among adolescent girls in line with their development stage and based on the psychological position.

Psychological Position of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are also related to various aspects including psychological, genetic, familial, biological and socio-cultural. For the adolescent girls, main risk factors for these disorders include one’s characteristics, parental involvement, and harmful social media (Herpertz-Dahlmann, 2017). …..Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at $10