The interpretation of symptoms of starvation/severe dietary restraint in eating disorder patients

  • Riccardo Dalle Grave
  • D. Di Pauli
  • M. Sartirana
  • S. Calugi
  • R. Shafran
Original Research Paper


The aims of the study were to test the hypotheses that some symptoms of starvation/severe dietary restraint are interpreted by patients with eating disorders in terms of control. Sixty-nine women satisfying the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - IV edition (DSM-IV) criteria for a clinical eating disorder and 107 controls participated in the study. All the participants completed an ambiguous scenarios paradigm, the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Significantly more eating disorder patients than non clinical participants interpreted the starvation/dietary restraint symptoms of hunger, heightened satiety, and dizziness in terms of control. The data give further support to the recent cognitive-behavioural theory of eating disorders suggesting that eating disorder patients interpret some starvation/dietary restraint symptoms in terms of control.


Eating disorders cognitivebehavioural starvation dietary restraint control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riccardo Dalle Grave
    • 1
  • D. Di Pauli
    • 1
  • M. Sartirana
    • 1
  • S. Calugi
    • 1
  • R. Shafran
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Eating and Weight DisorderVilla Garda HospitalGarda (VR)Italy
  2. 2.School of Psychology and Clinical Language SciencesUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

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