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There have been increasing number of institutions and programs thattarget people who want to lose weight to achieve slender body throughself-management As this long history of admiring slender body isbecoming more extreme than before it has become one of the main causeof eating disorders By studying deeply into eating disorder patientsit is very interesting in a way that they seem struggling to meet thenorms of cultural society and the norms of eating disorder institutionat the same time They are wandering which to choose under two differentsurveillance gazes Compared to the norms in the consumer culture thatvalues slenderness through self-management the norms implied forpatients are normal eating by the completion of meal and daily activityprimarily achieved through seeing ones body accurately withsatisfaction and without extreme preoccupation with food and weightissues Homewood After a person has developed an eating disorderunder a long period of social and cultural gaze on slim body she or henow needs to get off the hook of obsessive desire for slimness underanother gaze This essay discusses about the institutional gaze on eating disorderpatients who are under its constant surveillance and observation and howit serves to conform them to the norms of institutional eating disordersprogram In this case study an eating disorders program provided byHomewood Health Centre in Guelph Ontario is chosen In order for themto gain credibility from patients the institution describes itself as aCanadian health care serving as a specialized provincial and nationalresource and a fully accredited facility which has achieved thehighest standards of quality care and is a recipient of numerousnational awards Homewood This helps the centre gain a sort ofauthority to discipline patients They offer an eating disorders programfor people who are over 16 years of age and are experiencing Anorexiaand Bulimia Nervosa Because the patients in the programs have problemswith food restriction binge and purge eating compulsive exercise andobsessive thinking there are strict and non-negotiable rules thatpatients must follow up in order to meet the institutions norms Thenorms
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