Eating and Weight Concerns in Eating Disorders

Alison E. Field and Nicole Kitos

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940318 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Eating and Weight Concerns in Eating Disorders

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Weight and shape concerns are one of the hallmark symptoms of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, but the development of these concerns, their stability over time, and the mechanisms by which they promote the development of body image dissatisfaction and eating disorders remains unclear. Sociocultural, familial, and psychological factors are believed to be related to the development of weight and shape concerns and dissatisfaction, which in turn are thought to promote disordered eating behaviors, such as purging. In this chapter we discuss many of the risk factors for developing weight and shape concerns, as well as their consequences.

Keywords: body image; body image dissatisfaction; disordered eating; shape concerns; weight concerns

Article.  14351 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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