Non-weight-related body image concerns and Body Dysmorphic Disorder prevalence in patients with Anorexia Nervosa.

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Patients with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and patients with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) are both characterized by body image disturbance and dissatisfaction; furthermore, these disorders share clinical features and frequently co-occur. However, few studies have explored the relation between AN and BDD. Therefore, the first aim of the study was assessing the prevalence of BDD and presence of non-weight-related body image concerns in patients with AN. Second, we were interested in comparing patients with AN and non-weight-related body image concerns, patients with weight-related body image concerns only, and a healthy control group with respect to several psychological and psychopathological features. Sixty-one female patients with AN were divided in two subgroups: 39 with non-weight-related body image concerns and 22 with weight-related body image concerns only. Sixteen (26.23%) patients with AN had probable comorbid BDD. Moreover, patients with AN and non-weight-related body image concerns reported, overall, greater psychopathology than patients with AN and weight-related body image concerns only, with the exception of AN core features and general distress. In conclusion, patients with AN and non-weight-related body image concerns showed a more severe body image disturbance unrelated to a more severe eating disorder pathology.

AuthorCerea, Silvia; Bottesi, Gioia; Grisham, Jessica R.; Ghisi, Marta
JournalPsychiatry research

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