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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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IDA, Sheila Weremchuk  e  SILVA, Rosane Neves da. Transtornos alimentares: uma perspectiva social. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2007, vol.7, n.2, pp. 417-432. ISSN 1518-6148.

Based on the concept of eating disorders, this paper aims on the investigation of our relation with body, discussing the normative practices that constitute our ways of life. From an aesthetic standard that relates body to beauty and success, we intend to put in question the social context where eating disorders have been produced. To achieve this objective, we base our study on anorexia and bulimia analysis. The symptoms of these psychopathologies have difficult treatment and reflect an excessive worry about weight, corporal image and fattening up. Our interest is to contribute to this discussion, avoiding an individualized perspective, focused on anorexic and/or bulimic young boy or girl and on the dysfunctional interactions of his/her familiar system, but shifting the focus on eating disorders as devices that denunciate the extremism of the way of thinking, feeling and experiencing body in our society. Therefore, our objective is to present some subsidies that allow us to dislocate this matter from the exclusive scope of individual experience to an analysis of the social practices of our relation with body that reside contemporary experience, considering eating disorders in the present time as the exacerbation of a social symptom.

Palavras-chave : eating disorder; subjetivation processes; social psychology; normal; pathologic.

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