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Title: Feeling fat in eating disorders: Testing the unique relationships between feeling fat and measures of disordered eating in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Austin Authors: Linardon, Jake;Phillipou, Andrea ;Castle, David J;Newton, Richard;Harrison, Philippa;Cistullo, Leonardo L;Griffiths, Scott;Hindle, Annemarie;Brennan, Leah
Affiliation: School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia
Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Department of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Hospital, Australia
Department of Mental Health, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade/Locked Bag 4115, Melbourne, Victoria 3065, Australia
Issue Date: 2018
Date: 2018-04-10
Publication information: Body image 2018; 25: 163-167
Abstract: Although widely discussed in theories of eating disorders, the experience of "feeling fat" in this population has received little research attention. This study tested the unique relationships between feeling fat and measures of problematic eating behaviours and attitudes. Data were analysed from individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN; n = 123) and bulimia nervosa (BN; n = 51). Correlations revealed considerable unshared variance between feeling fat and shape and weight over-evaluation and depressive symptoms. Moreover, when over-evaluation and depressive symptoms were controlled, feeling fat predicted unique variance in restraint and eating concerns. Findings offer some support for the idea that feeling fat is a distinct and important component of body image concerns in eating disorders. Further research that develops a standardized measure of feeling fat is required. Further research that examines whether feeling fat is an important treatment mechanism is also needed.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.04.001
Journal: Body image
PubMed URL: 29653375
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Anorexia nervosa
Body image
Bulimia nervosa
Eating disorder
Feeling fat
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