Body size estimation: Testing a new mirror-based assessment method
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2003
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Special Issue: Featuring Abstracts from the 2003 International Conference on Eating Disorders
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 162–171, July 2003
How to Cite
Farrell, C., Shafran, R. and Fairburn, C. G. (2003), Body size estimation: Testing a new mirror-based assessment method. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 34: 162–171. doi: 10.1002/eat.10174
- Issue published online: 21 MAY 2003
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 JUN 2002
- body size estimation;
- mirror-based assessment method;
- body size perception;
- body image disturbance
The aim of the current study was to compare a new ecologically valid method of body size estimation with an existing, commonly used method.
The new method uses a “mirror-sized” image and measures perception rather than memory of body size. Fifty-five healthy women participated in the study.
Body size estimations with the new method were significantly larger than with the existing method (p < .001). This difference was specific to body size and was not seen for estimation of neutral images.
The results of the study show that different body size estimations are made with the new more ecologically valid method compared with the existing method. This finding has important implications for research into the factors influencing the perception of body size. © 2003 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 34: 162–171, 2003.