Social Factors among Teens with Eating Disorders

Background

. Eating disorders pose a significant health risk among teens all over the world. Salafia et al. (2015) observe that eating disorders may result from environmental, physical, psychological or a combination of the three factors. Although numerous studies have been conducted in a bid to find the best protocol in the management and control of this condition among teens, little is known about the social functioning in young people with eating disorders. This is the reason why %665%,  seeks to conduct a study aimed at finding out the social skills and social networks of adolescents with eating disorders. Eating disorders can be defined as a collection of all the abnormal behaviors associated with poor eating habits and constant concerns about the body shape and size by the patients. Examples of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN).

Patel, Tchanturia, and Harrison (2016) conducted a qualitative study that tries to determine the social behaviors among teens with eating disorders. The research was done among teens aged between twelve years and seventeen years. While conducting the study, a total of six core factors were being monitored. The six factors were; the impact of hospitalization, social belonging of the affected individuals, self-monitoring among the teens, the sensitivity of the teens to issues of social concern, restricted coping approaches as well as schemes for service delivery (Patel, Tchanturia & Harrison, 2016).

Most of the studies conducted on eating disorders present diverse views. To start with, the effects of eating disorders are far-reaching impacting physical, psychological, relationship status and the overall quality of life. Other studies reviewed by %&54 suggest that eating disorders play a significant role in social and emotional functioning of the patients. Some of the social skills impacted by eating disorders include verbal and non-verbal gestures, social cognition and interpersonal functioning. Other studies highlight that social support, operation, and inclusion from social networks play a significant role in facilitating the recovery from eating disorders.

Although supportive social relationships are essential in recovery,  different studies report that teens with eating disorders experience more difficulties within their social netwo

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