Abnormal Psychology

Eating disorders are the illnesses characterized by irregular eating habits, concerns about body weight or shape, and severe distress among the people in the society. Irregular eating habits include excessive or inadequate food intake, which is likely to damage the well-being of an individual. The most common forms of eating disorders in the society are binge, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa, which affect both genders. Although women have higher chances of suffering from eating disorders as compared with men, their occurrences are associated with lifestyles and body management.

Some women focus on maintaining specific body sizes and figures as experienced by the celebrities globally (Lack, 2018). For example, when a woman wants to maintain specific body size, she will increase or reduce specific types of food in their diet, which will lead to eating disorders. Such experiences are minimal among men, as they do not consider body sizes or figures in their lives. Culture also justifies the higher rates of eating disorders among women as compared to men. In some cultures, specific types of food are associated with women while others are associated with men. Such cultural practices have caused higher rates of eating disorders among women as compared to men, as one gender avoid using certain types of food.

Biological factors play a role in the higher rates of eating disorders among women as compared with men. Women have specific hormones, which react with the types of food taken, which leads to increase or reduction in the body sizes. With such changes, women will suffer from eating disorders (Lack, 2018). In most cases, men limit their eating habits, as they want to maintain manageable body size while women are unable to regulate their eating habits, which lead to the differences in the rates of eating disorders. As a result, men suffer from eating disorders are associated with depression and anorexia.


Lack, C. (2018). Abnormal Psychology: An e-text! https://abnormalpsych.wikispaces.com/