The Life Of A Woman’s Eating Disorders

National eating disorders have been a big issue that haven’t been taken seriously by our country.

This must receive our attention before it’s too late, then causing more health problems. So many people are suffering from this, causing a huge problem, we must find a solution for to help them.

On the site Taylor & Francis Online there is an article posted on February 5, 2015 titled “Communicating About Eating Behaviors. a `Qualitative Study of Chilean Women and Their Health-care Providers” written by Patricia Galvez.

The article mentions how multiple elements build up every individual’s eating disorder. She truly reveals how everyone is unique, causing them each to have their own unspecified eating disorder.

In other words, no one is the same so no one should be treated with identical methods.

In the article, Galvez speaks about an experiment with Chilean women, it exposes how the communication between a patient and their healthcare provider is a crucial factor in the treatment process.

Without good communication, it is too difficult to treat anything the right way. This text is about an experiment meant to figure out what factors control women’s eating behaviors and how we can improve them.

Why is this important?

The best way to get accurate results is going through with an actual experiment, amplifies the outcome.

Galvez is assisted during this process by professionals, to authorize what she is doing is credible.

The reason this is such an important experiment, is because we need to know why it’s harder for women to maintain a healthy body rather than men.

When someone is being treated for an eating disorder, the sex of a person needs to be taken into consideration because women are very complex individuals.

This is something I had no idea prior to this article. Men have a completely different internal system than women, making it easier for them to stay slim.

Although being skinny doesn’t prevent an eating disorder from affecting your body.

The Experiment

The study Galvez participated in, consisted of two different groups that would be studied by the way the communicate with each other connection.

These groups conveniently were assembled by volunteers of clients and health care providers, that were in the waiting rooms of the Chilean public health center in Santiago.

The first group, included seventeen Chilean women ages between 31 and 58 years, all very randomly selected.

Twelve of the seventeen women were from a low socioeconomic status, meaning they don’t make as much money as the other women. The women in the experiment were all categorized differently, 55% self-identified as housewives, 13% were overweight, and 40% were obese.

In the end, a couple of women did not complete the experiment, causing the data to be inconclusive for them and leaving 15 participants.

Then for the second group, it included eight health care providers, seven were women who worked at the Chilean public health care center. In this group there were four dietitians, three obstetricians, and one nurse.

The health care providers oversaw helping healthy eating for the women in the first group.

What Do We Learn From This?

In these groups, there are different parts of this experiment that needs to be taken into consideration.

Their age, weight, race, environment, and many other things can affect a woman’s eating behaviors. Women are unique and on the other hand, men do not face the same eating behavior issues, causing them to can stay in better shape.

For women, it is a very challenging thing to not have an eating disorder, especially with the type of food available to us.

For example, in the text Galvez mentions “Both mentioned many important factors that influence women’s eating behaviors, including food preferences, dietary knowledge, self-control and self-efficacy, family, food cost, and food availability”, to reveal there are various factors at play when it comes to an eating behavior.

Meaning that all these elements are very important when diagnosing a treatment for an eating disorder.

As A Result

Before doing research on this topic, I used to think people with an eating disorder were all suffering from the same thing, but now I know, that is not the case.

This topic is very complex and can be approached in anyway, but the most important thing to remember is that an individual eating disorder cannot be treated in one day.

It takes time and effort to get out of a routine, an eating disorder the way you eat and what you eat is just as important to keep in mind.

It something no one can be perfect at but we all should put in some effort, if we want to live long happy lives.

Work Cited

Gàlvez, Patricia, Alejandra Valencia, Ana Palomino, Marjorie Cataldo, and Andiara Schwingel. “Communicating About Eating Behaviors. a Qualitative Study of Chilean Women and Their Health-care Providers.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, 10 (2015).


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