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Eating Behaviour – Related Problems

3. Explanations for Anorexia

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In this lecture, we turn our attention to eating disorders, focusing in particular on: (i) the causes anorexia nervosa; (ii) how anorexia is defined; (iii) how commonly this disorder is found in women and men; (iv) how anorexia manifests in the behaviour of those suffering from the disorder; (v) what consequences it has for their mental and physical health; (vi) four different theories concerning the onset of anorexia being the psychoanalytic model, the cognitive-behavioural model, the family systems model and the socio-cultural model.


In this course, Professor Jane Ogden (University of Surrey) discusses eating behaviour and its related problems. In the first lecture, we explore why we eat what we eat, focusing on cognitive and developmental models of food preferences. In the second lecture, we think about the Weight Concern Model. In the third lecture, we think about eating disorders, exploring the causes of anorexia. Next, we think about the causes obesity. In the fifth lecture, we look at treatments for anorexia. In the sixth and final lecture, we think about treatments for obesity.


After completing her PhD at the Institute of Psychology in London, Jane Ogden lectured first at Middlesex University and then at Guy's and St Thomas Medical Schools. She joined the University of Surrey in 2005 and carries out research in the areas of eating behaviour and obesity management, aspects of women's health, communication in the health care consultation and the experience of medical procedures.

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