Eating Disorders

  • Domeena C. Renshaw
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


In the wild, land mammals are remarkably similar in their seasonal accumulation of body fat. They are rarely obese. Domestic or captive animals, and active or sedentary humans, however, show much variation in fat deposits. Low activity and excess food intake appear to be factors in fattening agricultural and domestic animals. Farming provides protection from predators and no dominance challenge, preservation (even severe restriction) of territorial boundaries as in poultry and cattle coops, and controlled breeding rather than natural selection. Furthermore, synthetic hormones are used to enhance livestock weight. These additives may have unknown health and weight-gain consequences in humans.

Further reading

  1. Bierman EL (1982): Obesity. In: Cecil Textbook of Medicine. Wyngaarden JB, Smith LH, eds. Philadelphia: WB SaundersGoogle Scholar
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  3. O’Neill CB (1982): Starving for Attention. New York: ContinuumGoogle Scholar
  4. Palmer RL (1980): Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide for Sufferers and Their Families. New York: Penguin BooksGoogle Scholar
  5. Pope HG, Hudson JI (1984): New Hope for Binge Eaters. New York: Harper & RowGoogle Scholar
  6. Pyle RL, Mitchell JE (1983): The bulimia syndrome. Female Patient 8: 48–53Google Scholar
  7. Renshaw DC (1982): Obesity and sexual problems. Female Patient 7: 58–60Google Scholar
  8. Renshaw DC (1982): Sexual anorexia nervosa? Chicago Med 85(11): 590–592Google Scholar

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