Towards novel paradigms for treating dysfunctional bodily experience in eating disorders
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Despite the prominence of body image disturbance in aetiological and diagnostic models of eating disorders (EDs) and remarkable strides in ED treatment, trans-disciplinary research aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of extant evidence-based treatments is now imperative [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Indeed, the leading empirically supported cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT) and its latest trans-diagnostic form, termed CBT-E (=enhanced), designed to treat all EDs, is more effective in reducing ED (restricted eating/binge-purge) behaviours rather than producing changes in body image disturbance (the experience of one’s body as fatter/larger than it actually is), whose role in the maintenance and relapse processes of EDs is well-established [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. Substantial advances in this area crucially depend on improved understanding of disease mechanisms while extant treatment strategies are hindered by the lack of conceptual models underlying the mechanism driving the extremes of body...
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