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The sexual competition hypothesis for eating disorders

Abed, Riadh T (1998) The sexual competition hypothesis for eating disorders. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

A hypothesis is presented for eating disorders that contends that these syndromes together with the phenomenon of the pursuit of thinness are manifestations of female intra-sexual competition. It is argued that the present-day environment of Western coutries presnts a range of conditions that have led to the overactivation or disruption of the archaic female sexual strategy of maximising 'mate value'. The hypothesis deals with the ultimate level of causation and is therefore compatible with a range of theories dealing with the proximate level of causation.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, intra-sexual competition, thinness
Subjects:Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Psychology > Psychobiology
ID Code:800
Deposited By:Abed, Riadh T
Deposited On:01 Mar 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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