Is there a connection between the parental inputs which lead to eating disorders?

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McGrath, Donna
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies
Dublin Business School
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My intention is to explore the condition of anorexia and bulimia and how the parental inputs can lead to these disorders. I will investigate how a parent's unconscious and conscious identifies with the infants needs that can lead to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia and bulimia can be known as the disease of the century, it’s a metaphor for our time. Described by author of ‘hunger strike’ Orbach (1986, p.4). Although they have been observed for centuries it's only in the last 30 years eating disorders have taken on a new significance because of its extension such anorexia was known first, then bulimia, now there is bulimia anorexia which is association of anorexia nervosa and bulimia binges. Also binge eaters known to eat a large amount of food in a short period of time. Another form of eating disorder is spitting in where the food is chewed but not swallowed in were it is spat out, at present there is not much research done on this. Today you will find if you go into any restaurant at least a person sitting either on your right of left or in front of you, you can witness a women picking at her food as though she is really interested in the ingredients of her food but she is really counting the grams of fat, calories and carbohydrates in which eating this food is causing guilt frustration and anxiety. Food can be frightening for them, it can be a representation of a world that has disappointed them. Psychoanalytical studies of anorexia suggest that early feeding experiences in infancy that were tense and problematic have had a direct link to future eating habits.