It provides participants with a peer group, and a feeling of inclusion.
“Some patients have their own peer group which reinforces their quest for thinness,” she says.
A group of people who share certain social characteristics, such as age, class, occupation, or education, and interact on a level of equality. An individual may be a member of several peer groups, including friends, schoolmates, and coworkers. Peer groups are important in socialization, as individuals attempt to conform to the expectations of their peer groups. (See conformity and peer pressure.)