It’s not all about control: Challenging mainstream framing of eating disorders

Branley-Bell, Dawn, Talbot, Catherine V., Downs, James, Figueras, Carolina, Green, Jessica, McGilley, Beth and Murphy-Morgan, Claire (2023) It’s not all about control: Challenging mainstream framing of eating disorders. Journal of Eating Disorders, 11 (1). p. 25. ISSN 2050-2974

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Background: The concept of control has long been suggested as a central factor in eating disorder ( aetiology. The concept is now so mainstream that it risks being used in a potentially reductionist, stigmatising or otherwise harmful manner. In this we explore and discuss our positions on the use of control related terminologyfor EDs.

Methods: The authors of this auto ethnographic position paper include academic researchers, individuals with lived experience and clinicians not mutually exclusive) In sharing our experiences and observations, we aim to raise awareness of the wider impacts that control framing can have on ED perceptions, treatment, recovery and individuals’ lived experience.

Results We argue that although control can play a role in some ED experiences, an overemphasis upon this factor to the exclusion of other conceptualisations is not beneficial.

Conclusions: To mitigate against pathologisation of an individual, it is important to challenge a discourse that can lead to EDs being perceived as something ‘ with the individual, rather than a consequence of life events or other environmental influences We identify priorities for the future for researchers, clinicians, policy makers and the wider public.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by the Medical Research Foundation under grant MRF-058-0016-F-BRAN-C0868.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eating Disorders, Control, Healthcare, Stigma, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Discourse
Subjects: C800 Psychology
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 16:46
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023 11:00

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