Empirically evaluated treatments for body image disturbance: a review
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 14, Issue 5, pages 289–300, September/October 2006
How to Cite
Farrell, C., Shafran, R. and Lee, M. (2006), Empirically evaluated treatments for body image disturbance: a review. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 14: 289–300. doi: 10.1002/erv.693
- Issue published online: 28 SEP 2006
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2006
- MRC Studentship
- Wellcome Research Career Development Fellowship. Grant Number: 063209
- body image;
- eating disorders;
Body image disturbance is both a risk factor for the development of disturbed eating and a central feature of clinical eating disorders. This review examines empirically tested interventions for people with high levels of body image disturbance. The most commonly used therapies with the most empirical support are cognitive-behavioural. The specificity of the body image interventions and the importance of individual components have not yet been established. Prevention programmes to address body image disturbance appear promising, although further research evidence is required. It is concluded that treatments for addressing body image disturbance are hindered by the lack of a clearly specified theoretical model of the maintenance of body image disturbance and that such an analysis is needed to increase the effectiveness of current interventions. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.