This dissertation examines various eating disorder types and the impact of social identity. On hearing about eating disorders, one immediately thinks of how food causes these disorders. Although eating disorder is beyond only food since it involves mental health conditions. Moreover, it is a condition that involves psychological experts for the treatment process. The disorder creates unhealthy habits in the consumption of food. In extreme cases, untreated eating disorders lead to the gradual deterioration in health and, eventually, death. Therefore, examining the risk factors for eating disorders is essential in preventing fatal outcomes. The types of eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, rumination disorder, and restrictive food disorder.
THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL IDENTITY ON BODY IMAGE
With the continuous advancement in technology, more people are using social media sites. These sites create platforms for interaction among people globally. Various pages exist on these platforms that address the eating disorders types among different individuals. These pages mostly have the aim of reducing stigmatization and body acceptance initiatives. On the other hand, online communities such as the pro-anorexic community suggest that anorexia is a lifestyle choice. Social identity refers to an individual’s relation to a given social group or category. Social media gives affiliation today to various social groups. As a result, there is a significant impact of social identity on body image. The members relate to various social groups depending on their eating disorder.
THE RISK FACTORS FOR EATING DISORDERS IN ADOLESCENTS.
This section analyses the risk factors of the various eating disorder types. Although these disorders affect diverse categories of people, they are dominant in adolescents and teenagers. The most common disorders among teenagers are anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. The risk factors for eating disorders in adolescents include the following. Firstly, family genetics and history increase the chances of developing eating disorders. Secondly, research shows that most people with eating disorders suffer from anxiety. Thirdly, life changes, and transitions such as death or moving may lead to eating disorders. Fourthly, past and current trauma may also trigger these disorders. Additionally, dissatisfaction with one’s body may lead the individual to have an eating disorder.