ABSTRACT

Many factors collude to result in clinical eating disorders. In an era of conformity and strict and unreasonable standards for appearance, weight, and desired image, feeling different from the norm can lead to a profound lack of self-worth (Seid, 1994; Wilhelm, 2006), fertile ground in which an eating disorder may take hold and grow. A deep sense of deficiency and disconnection grows deeper, leading to isolation, hopelessness, and increased immersion in the eating disorder, putting emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical health at grave risk (Zerbe, 1993).