‘It's always that idea that everyone's trying to look like something’: Revisioning sociocultural factors in eating disorders through Photovoice

Holmes, Su ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4243-8337 (2023) ‘It's always that idea that everyone's trying to look like something’: Revisioning sociocultural factors in eating disorders through Photovoice. Women's Studies International Forum, 99. ISSN 0277-5395

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Abstract

Eating disorders (EDs) are now often approached as biopsychosocial problems. But the ‘social’ aspects of the equation are often marginalised or relegated to contributory factors, whether in mainstream ED research or clinical practice. When such factors are considered, an emphasis on media images and ‘thinness expectancies’ tends to predominate – offering a familiar narrative which may be limiting in understanding the aetiology and experience of EDs. This study draws upon feminist approaches to EDs and the methodology of photovoice (Wang and Burris, 2004) to understand how 10 people with lived experience frame and articulate the role(s) of sociocultural influences in the development of their eating problem. The responses help to consolidate the argument that a focus on media and body image may be misleading, pathologizing and contribute to the stigmatisation of EDs. Whilst some have argued for better ‘mental health literacy’ in understanding EDs and combatting stigma, it is suggested here that improved ‘sociocultural literacy’ – understanding the interaction between sociocultural discourses and mental health – is just as pressing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 09:30
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:00
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92001
DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2023.102753

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