Anorexia nervosa following sexual harassment on the internet: A case report




Sexual abuse may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa. No information is available on sexual abuse through the Internet and its connection to the development of eating disorders.


We report on a case of an adolescent female with the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, whose symptomatology correlated significantly with an incident of sexual harassment experienced via the Internet.


A case of on-line harassment suffered without off-line follow-up is reported to have led to a restrictive type of anorexia nervosa, where the symptomatology was connected to a “computer scatology” like persecution of our patient.


A causal connection of the on-line sexual harassment suffered and development of eating disorder is reported. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 31: 474–477, 2002.