Eating Disorders

Tsabita Amalia Firdausy (K2220077)

Video Title: Why are eating disorders so hard to treat? – Anees Bahji

Date: 19 May 2022

  1. What is being discussed in the video? Explain your answer.
    A condition known as an eating disorder occurs when we experience unfavorable thoughts about the food we consume. Globally, around 10% of people will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime. However, eating disorders are often misunderstood. Eating disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions characterized by the following predominant behavior patterns: restricting food intake, eating excessive portions or consuming large amounts of food quickly, and purging or eliminating calories through vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercise, and other dangerous ways. Eating disorders can involve one or a combination of these behaviors. For example, a person living with a disease called anorexia usually limits the amount of food they eat, whereas bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by repeated binges and purges. These behaviors determine whether a person has an eating disorder. Weight does not fully reflect eating disorders, so we cannot tell someone’s eating disorder by only looking at their weight. This condition must be treated medically. This is due to the fact that eating disorders are, at their core, mental illnesses. Eating disorders also involve disturbances in people’s perceptions. Maybe someone thinks that he is fat when he is not fat at all. They have a self-crisis, questioning whether they should eat less and purge excessively. Uncontrollable eating behavior can also be a cause for concern; they may use eating to try to regain control over the feeling of disorder in the body and mind. It is still not justified because it will cause many health and psychological effects.
  2. What is the speaker’s main purpose? Explain your answer.
    Eating disorders are often misunderstood. Starting from the type of disorder, the disease suffered, or how to overcome it. Misconceptions about everything from symptoms to treatment make it difficult to navigate an eating disorder.
  3. How trustworthy is this video? Who is the speaker? What is the source? Do you think the source and the speaker are trustworthy?
    The video is trustworthy enough; the speaker is Anees Bahji, a PGY–2 psychiatrist at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He completed his medical degree at the University of British Columbia. He really liked psychiatry. In 2019, he also published an article titled “Prevalence of substance use disorder comorbidity among individuals with eating disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis” in Psychiatry research volume 273 (2019).
  4. What the speaker’s attitude or tone towards the subject? Does he/she seem to agree or disagree with it? Explain your answer.
    The speaker’s attitude is in agreement with the subject in the video. The speaker supports that the topic of introducing eating disorders should be expanded and hopes that other people can easily access this information because it is published on YouTube.
  5. Does the speaker put forward valid or strong arguments? How does he/she support the key points? Explain your answer.
    Speaker in the video make valid and medical claims. The speaker explains the topic coherently, quite simply, and clearly. Maybe there are some words that are less familiar because they are medical terms. The speaker conveyed specific facts from research and specific examples to enhance and clarify the point that the speaker was making. The speaker puts supporting facts after the main point.
  6. Explain how this article will help contribute to your larger group project.
    Videos and articles that support this video will certainly help with this project. The information provided is very interesting and quite easy to digest. Of course, having access to YouTube, which is available at all times, will make finding the necessary information even easier.