Although eating disorders have existed for centuries, controversy remains as to the basic cause or causes of these disorders and their genetic, biological, and/or psychological factors. This title investigates these disorders, priming readers on the causes, symptoms, controversies, and treatments available. Opening chapters provide general background and a historical review of the existence of eating disorders in society. Remaining chapters provide resources for further research, such as an extensive annotated bibliography, a glossary, and a chronology. This book differs from others on the topic in that it provides both an expository section that provides information as well as a set of resources for further research. The book also contains a
perspectives chapter in which writers describe and discuss their personal views on the subject of eating disorders. Together with the author's expertise, these views add to the value of this book as a resource for eating disorder research.