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    Persistent body image disturbance following recovery from eating disorders

    Eshkevari, E. and Rieger, E. and Longo, Matthew R. and Haggard, P. and Treasure, J. (2014) Persistent body image disturbance following recovery from eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders 47 (4), pp. 400-409. ISSN 0276-3478.

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    Abstract

    Background: It has been previously found that individuals with an eating disorder experience the rubber hand illusion (RHI) significantly more strongly than healthy controls on both perceptual (proprioceptive drift) and subjective (self-report embodiment questionnaire) measures. Such heightened sensitivity to visual information about the body, and reduced somatosensory information processing about the body, indicate an increased malleability of the bodily self. The aim of the present study was to explore whether this is a state or persisting/trait phenomenon. Method: The RHI and self-report measures of eating disorder psychopathology (EDI-3 subscales of Drive for Thinness, Bulimia, Body Dissatisfaction, Interoceptive Deficits, and Emotional Dysregulation; DASS-21; and the Self-Objectification Questionnaire) were administered to 78 individuals with an eating disorder, 28 individuals recovered from an eating disorder, and 61 healthy controls. Results: Proprioceptive drift in recovered individuals was intermediate between the acutely ill and HC groups. Subjective report of the strength of the illusion in recovered individuals was similar to acutely ill individuals. Discussion: These results indicate that increased malleability of the bodily self persists following recovery and may be a trait phenomenon in people with eating disorders, such that those with a lifetime history of an eating disorder may have heightened sensitivity to visual information about the body and reduced somatosensory information processing of the body.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Bodily self, body perception, eating disorders, recovered, interoception, rubber hand illusion
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2014 15:23
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:52
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8369

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