Emotional responses to food in adults with an eating disorder: a qualitative exploration

McNamara, Caroline, Chur-Hansen, Anna, and Hay, Phillipa (2008) Emotional responses to food in adults with an eating disorder: a qualitative exploration. European Eating Disorders Review, 16 (2). pp. 115-123.

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There is a dearth of qualitative research exploring eating disordered individuals' emotional responses to the sight of different types of food. In this study we asked 10 adult women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) to articulate their thoughts whilst viewing slides of a range of different foodstuffs, during an in-depth interview session. The data were transcribed and subjected to qualitative analysis. A core theme of 'Control' was identified. Whilst control has been previously acknowledged in the literature as an important aspect of eating disordered behaviour, this is the first report to link control with negative emotional responses to the sight of food. Clinically, an exploration of the notion of control and how it relates to particular foods may be beneficial in therapy.

Item ID: 6302
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1099-0968
Keywords: emotion; qualitative; eating disorder
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2010 02:32
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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