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AbstractAbstract: Anorexia nervosa is currently classed as a mental disorder. It is considered as a puzzling condition, scarcely understood and recalcitrant to treatment. This paper reviews the main hypotheses relating to the aetiology of anorexia nervosa. In particular, it focuses on family and sociological studies of anorexia. By reflecting on the hypotheses provided within these domains, and on the questions that these studies leave unanswered, this paper suggests that anorexic behaviour is understandable and rational, if seen in light of ordinary moral values.
CitationTopoi, volume 40, issue 3, page 545-554
DescriptionFrom Springer Nature via Jisc Publications Router
History: accepted 2020-09-06, registration 2020-09-06, online 2020-09-28, pub-electronic 2020-09-28, pub-print 2021-07
Publication status: Published