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Weight bias and linguistic body representation in anorexia nervosa : Findings from the BodyTalk project

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Weight bias and linguistic body representation in anorexia nervosa : Findings from the BodyTalk project

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BEHRENS, Simone Claire, Paolo MENEGUZZO, Angela FAVARO, Martin TEUFEL, Eva-Maria SKODA, Marion LINDNER, Lukas WALDER, María Alejandra QUIRÓS RAMÍREZ, Stephan ZIPFEL, Betty MOHLER, 2021. Weight bias and linguistic body representation in anorexia nervosa : Findings from the BodyTalk project. In: European Eating Disorders Review. Wiley-Blackwell. 29(2), pp. 204-215. ISSN 1072-4133. eISSN 1099-0968. Available under: doi: 10.1002/erv.2812

@article{Behrens2021-03Weigh-52295, title={Weight bias and linguistic body representation in anorexia nervosa : Findings from the BodyTalk project}, year={2021}, doi={10.1002/erv.2812}, number={2}, volume={29}, issn={1072-4133}, journal={European Eating Disorders Review}, pages={204--215}, author={Behrens, Simone Claire and Meneguzzo, Paolo and Favaro, Angela and Teufel, Martin and Skoda, Eva-Maria and Lindner, Marion and Walder, Lukas and Quirós Ramírez, María Alejandra and Zipfel, Stephan and Mohler, Betty} }

Quirós Ramírez, María Alejandra Attribution 4.0 International Favaro, Angela Weight bias and linguistic body representation in anorexia nervosa : Findings from the BodyTalk project Favaro, Angela Skoda, Eva-Maria Quirós Ramírez, María Alejandra Behrens, Simone Claire 2021-01-05T13:15:02Z Lindner, Marion Skoda, Eva-Maria Lindner, Marion Meneguzzo, Paolo Walder, Lukas Zipfel, Stephan Mohler, Betty 2021-03 Objective<br />This study provides a comprehensive assessment of own body representation and linguistic representation of bodies in general in women with typical and atypical anorexia nervosa (AN).<br /><br />Methods<br />In a series of desktop experiments, participants rated a set of adjectives according to their match with a series of computer generated bodies varying in body mass index, and generated prototypic body shapes for the same set of adjectives. We analysed how body mass index of the bodies was associated with positive or negative valence of the adjectives in the different groups. Further, body image and own body perception were assessed.<br /><br />Results<br />In a German‐Italian sample comprising 39 women with AN, 20 women with atypical AN and 40 age matched control participants, we observed effects indicative of weight stigmatization, but no significant differences between the groups. Generally, positive adjectives were associated with lean bodies, whereas negative adjectives were associated with obese bodies.<br /><br />Discussion<br />Our observations suggest that patients with both typical and atypical AN affectively and visually represent body descriptions not differently from healthy women. We conclude that overvaluation of low body weight and fear of weight gain cannot be explained by generally distorted perception or cognition, but require individual consideration. 2021-01-05T13:15:02Z Meneguzzo, Paolo Mohler, Betty eng Teufel, Martin Teufel, Martin Behrens, Simone Claire Zipfel, Stephan Walder, Lukas

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