The secrets of self-starvation

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan, Joyce L.C. Ma

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


This is a single case study for which a life history approach was adopted. The informant, a patient suffering from anorexia nervosa (AN), was specifically selected because of her particular circumstances. Three themes emerged from her narrative that accounted for self-starvation: saving money, reserving food and competing for slenderness. The paper explores these themes and closes by emphasizing the necessity of understanding the sensitive and untold story of a patient's self-starvation in her cultural-familial context.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Women's Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Chinese secrets
  • Life history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies


Dive into the research topics of 'The secrets of self-starvation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this