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Body Image Disturbance in Anorexia Nervosa

  • S. W. Touyz
  • P. J. V. Beumont
  • J. K. Collins
  • M. McCabe
  • J. Jupp

Abstract

Body recognition was studied in fifteen female patients with anorexia nervosa and 15 age matched controls, using a distorted image on a video monitor. The patients showed a greater tendency to over- and underestimate their body shape than the controls. The patients’ desired body shape was significantly thinner than that of controls, as was their estimation of what constitutes a normal body shape. These findings are discussed in relation to the literature. It is suggested that they may have important implications for treatment.

Keywords

Body Image Anorexia Nervosa Body Shape Psychosomatic Medicine Body Image Disturbance 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. W. Touyz
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. J. V. Beumont
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. K. Collins
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. McCabe
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Jupp
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMacquarie UniversityAustralia

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