Regular Article (CE Activity)
Body dysmorphic disorder and nonweight-related body image concerns in individuals with eating disorders
Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 52–59, January 2013
How to Cite
Kollei, I., Schieber, K., de Zwaan, M., Svitak, M. and Martin, A. (2013), Body dysmorphic disorder and nonweight-related body image concerns in individuals with eating disorders. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 46: 52–59. doi: 10.1002/eat.22067
- Issue online: 11 DEC 2012
- Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 AUG 2012
- eating disorder;
- body dysmorphic disorder;
- nonweight-related appearance concerns;
- body image disturbance
Research on the prevalence of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in individuals with eating disorders (EDs) is scarce. Nonweight-related appearance concerns, which can be considered as variants of BDD concerns, have also rarely been examined in EDs. This study therefore investigates BDD prevalence and nonweight-related appearance concerns in EDs.
One hundred individuals with EDs (49 inpatients with anorexia nervosa, 51 inpatients with bulimia nervosa) completed structured diagnostic interviews and self-report questionnaires.
Twelve individuals with EDs (12.0%) suffered from comorbid BDD, with their body dysmorphic concerns being unrelated to weight and shape. BDD lifetime-prevalence was 15.0%. There was a high prevalence of dissatisfaction with nonweight-related body features such as skin, hair, teeth, nose, and height (20.8 to 53.5%).
Findings indicate that BDD is a frequent comorbid disorder in individuals with EDs. Furthermore, along with weight and body shape, nonweight-related appearance concerns are also common in individuals with EDs. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2013)