Body Dissatisfaction and Concern, Body Checking and Avoidance Behavior in People with Eating Disorders
Authors: Angela Nogueira Neves Betanho Campana, Maria da Consolação Gomes Cunha Fernandes Tavares, Celso Garcia Júnior
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The aim of this study was to investigate aspects of body image in a sample of people with anorexia nervosa,
bulimia nervosa and eating disorder not otherwise specifi ed. The sample was composed of 14 volunteers, cared for by the Eating Disorders Outpatients Clinic, from Universidade Estadual de Campinas. The Software for Perceptual Assessment (SPA) assesses body dissatisfaction. The variables ‘body concern’, ‘checking behaviour’ and ‘avoidance behaviour’ were assessed by paper and pencil scales of the Body Shape Questionnaire, Body Checking Questionnaire and Body Image
Avoidance Questionnaire, in this order. The descriptive analysis and correlations indicate high levels of dissatisfaction, checking behaviour, avoidance behaviour, and concern over the body, with signifi cant associations. These fi ndings showed the importance of the investigated parameters for the dynamic of the disease. Knowing these body image components could
expand the possibilities of understanding how these patients organize their body representations and assist careful planning of interventions during the course of the treatment.