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BEING IN OR OUT. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1910050
  • March 2009
  • 120 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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The continuum model of the eating disorders proposes
that eating disorders can be described on a
continuous spectrum from restrictive anorexia to
stable obesity. Previous studies suggested that
emotional disturbances (depression, anxiety and
alexithymia), cognitive impairments and distortion of
body image are frequently associated with anorexia
nervosa. However, obesity is mostly regarded as a
weight management problem. In this study we
investigated common deficits in cognition, emotion
and body image underlying the pathology of the two
extreme sides of eating spectrum (restriction and
excessive eating). We applied different behavioural
methods to examine the question form the
neuropsychological assessment, self-reported
questionnaires to Affective Priming paradigm. Our
results suggest that restrictive anorexia nervosa has
several common features with anxiety disorder, while
obesity most probably can be associated with
addictive pathologies. We discuss also the possible
clinical treatment in both pathology.

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Renata, Cserjesi.
Dr.Renáta Cserjési was born in Hungary. She graduated from
University of Pécs (PTE, Hungary)in psychology and University of
Louvain (UCL, Belgium) in neuropsychology. She received a joint
Ph.D in Psychology and Medical Sciences from PTE and UCL in 2008.
She is currently a postdoctoral scholar at University of Florence
(Italy) for Child Neurology.

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