Distorted body representations in anorexia nervosa

Stephen Gadsby

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In this paper, I discuss empirical evidence regarding anorexic patients’ distorted body representations. I fit this evidence into a broader framework for understanding how the spatial content of the body is tracked and represented. This framework is motivated by O’Shaughnessy’s (1980) long-term body image hypothesis. This hypothesis posits a representation that tracks changes in the spatial content of the body and supplies this content to other body representations. I argue that a similar kind of body representation might exist and, in the case of anorexia, be distorted. Finally, I suggest that this body representation might become distorted through influence by affect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-33
Number of pages17
JournalConsciousness and cognition
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • body representation
  • long-term body image
  • tactile form
  • body schema
  • anorexia nervosa


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