An open invitation to productive conversations about feminism and the spectrum of eating disorders (part 1): Basic principles of feminist approaches

LaMarre, Andrea, Levine, Michael P., Holmes, Su and Malson, Helen (2022) An open invitation to productive conversations about feminism and the spectrum of eating disorders (part 1): Basic principles of feminist approaches. Journal of Eating Disorders, 10. ISSN 2050-2974

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Abstract

Despite the long history of feminist research in the field and the clear relevance of questions of gender to this sphere, many continue to question the relevance of feminism for understanding and treating eating disorders in 2022. In this set of two papers, we explore some of the tensions, omissions and misconceptions which surround feminist approaches to eating disorders. At the core of these two papers is our assertion that such approaches can make significant contributions in the eating disorders field along six key lines: enriching the science of eating disorders, unpacking diagnostics, contextualizing treatment and prevention, attending to lived experiences, diversifying methodologies, and situating recoveries. In this first paper, we outline what feminist approaches are and dig into some key tensions that arise when feminist approaches come to the table. These include critiques of sociocultural approaches to understanding eating disorders, the relationship between feminist approaches and biological and genetic attributions for eating disorders, and the role of men. We then offer a key contribution that feminist approaches have made to eating disorders scholarship: an invitation to unpack diagnostic approaches and situate eating disorders within the landscape of food, weight, and shape concerns in the twenty-first century.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychiatry and mental health,nutrition and dietetics,behavioral neuroscience,sdg 5 - gender equality ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2738
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 14:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/82964
DOI: 10.1186/s40337-022-00532-x

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