Towards novel paradigms for treating dysfunctional bodily experience in eating disorders

  • Antonios DakanalisEmail author
  • Gian Mauro Manzoni
  • Gianluca Castelnuovo
  • Giuseppe Riva
  • Massimo Clerici

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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMonzaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Brain and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  3. 3.Psychology Research Laboratory, Ospedale San GiuseppeIRCSS Istituto Auxologico ItalianoVerbaniaItaly
  4. 4.Faculty of PsychologyeCampus UniversityComoItaly
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyCatholic University of MilanMilanItaly
  6. 6.Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology LaboratoryIRCSS Istituto Auxologico ItalianoMilanItaly

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