Overestimation of body size in eating disorders and its association to body-related avoidance behavior

Autor(en): Vossbeck-Elsebusch, Anna N.
Waldorf, Manuel 
Legenbauer, Tanja
Bauer, Anika
Cordes, Martin
Vocks, Silja 
Stichwörter: ANOREXIA-NERVOSA; Avoidance; Body image; Body-size overestimation; Bulimia nervosa; BULIMIA-NERVOSA; CHECKING; DIMENSIONS; Eating disorders; EXPOSURE; GERMAN VERSION; IMAGE; MIRROR CONFRONTATION; Psychiatry; QUESTIONNAIRE; WOMEN
Erscheinungsdatum: 2015
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Journal: EATING AND WEIGHT DISORDERS-STUDIES ON ANOREXIA BULIMIA AND OBESITY
Volumen: 20
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 173
Seitenende: 178
Zusammenfassung: 
Body-related avoidance behavior, e.g., not looking in the mirror, is a common feature of eating disorders. It is assumed that it leads to insufficient feedback concerning one's own real body form and might thus contribute to distorted mental representation of one's own body. However, this assumption still lacks empirical foundation. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between misperception of one's own body and body-related avoidance behavior in N = 78 female patients with Bulimia nervosa and eating disorder not otherwise specified. Body-size misperception was assessed using a digital photo distortion technique based on an individual picture of each participant which was taken in a standardized suit. In a regression analysis with body-related avoidance behavior, body mass index and weight and shape concerns as predictors, only body-related avoidance behavior significantly contributed to the explanation of body-size overestimation. This result supports the theoretical assumption that body-related avoidance behavior makes body-size overestimation more likely.
ISSN: 11244909
DOI: 10.1007/s40519-014-0144-1

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