The author of this article, Dr. Austin, is with the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health of Harvard School of Public Health. She is the Director of Fellowship Research Training in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is an award-winning researcher, and her primary research addresses social and environmental influences on physical activity, nutritional patterns, and eating disorders in school and community settings.
This journal article was written to inform the reader of the need for a public health approach to eating disorders prevention. Psychiatrists or psychologists, not public health professionals, have made most advances in eating disorder prevention. The author believes that if public health professionals become more involved with developing prevention strategies, the public health approach to preventing eating disorders would be more successful. Public health professionals would provide research that focuses on the macro level of prevention (i.e. environmental targets), which has not been provided by psychiatrists and psychologists.
I would use this journal article in my paper to answer the question, “How can anorexia nervosa be prevented?” I would use the information given in the article to discuss how public health initiatives could prevent anorexia nervosa by targeting the macro-environment, like the diet-product industry, the laxative industry, the cosmetic surgery and procedures industry, the fashion industry, advertising, etc.
Dr. Simona Giodano is a Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the University of Manchester’s School of Law in Manchester, England. She completed her Ph.D. in psychiatric ethics in 2000 and was a Marie Curie Fellow from 2002-2004. She focuses her writing on the issue of involuntary or forced treatment of anorexics.
In this book, Dr. Giodano covers many aspects of anorexia nervosa, like terminology, prevalence, symptoms, etc., but her main focus is on the ethics of the care and treatment of a person with an eating disorder. Dr. Giodano states that those who are mentally sane are not justified in forcing mentally ill people to accept treatment or restricting their freedom of choice. She believes that people, whether they are mentally healthy or not, should be free to act and choose as they whish as long as they do not harm others. Coercion into treatment is not justified by the diagnosis.
If writing a paper, I would use this source in the section of the research paper that discusses treatment options for anorexia nervosa. Unlike other sources I found that discuss the treatment of anorexia nervosa, this book dives deeper and provides more the just facts about treatment. It goes into the ethical issues of eating disorder treatment.
Dr. Sharlene Hesse-Biber is Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Program at Boston College. She has many publications that...