This book provides a clear, focused road map to the study of the body in society. It defines, explains and applies core topics relating to the human body demonstrating how we approach it as a social phenomenon.

Each concept: Includes an easy to understand definition; Provides real-world examples; Gives suggestions for further reading; Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts

Written to meet the needs of the modern student this book offers the basic materials, tools and guidance needed study and write about the body.


Definition Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and obesity are medical diagnostic terms for what are often grouped under the heading of eating disorders.1 Obesity is more likely to be treated as a physical disorder that is a public health issue with social determinants. Anorexia and bulimia are classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and are predominantly treated as psychological or psychiatric conditions. In the simplest terms, anorexia is characterized by a refusal to eat and a perception of oneself as ‘fat’, despite having a low or very low body weight. Bulimia usually manifests in practices of binging (eating to excess), purging (vomiting, taking laxatives) and/or obsessive exercise, aimed at maintaining an average body weight. Obesity is the term for a ...

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