Body shape perception and its disturbance in anorexia nervosa

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

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    The perception of body shape was studied in 15 female patients with anorexia nervosa and 15 age matched controls. A lens was used which could be manipulated to cause a horizontal distortion of an image projected onto a video monitor. The patients showed a greater tendency to over- and under-estimate their present body shape than did the controls. Further, 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 and it is suggested that they may have important implications for treatment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)167-171
    Number of pages5
    JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1984


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