The Concept of Body Image and Its Changes

  • E. L. Edelstein


One of the most characteristic features of anorectics is their distorted body image. This feature was noticed as early as over a century ago by Lasegue (1873) who stated: “Patient said she was neither changed nor is she thinner.” In more recent times Bruch (1962) talked about distorted inner image as pathognomonic. In 1973 she elaborated on three key symptoms: “A disturbance of delusional proportions in the body image and body concept, a disturbance in the accuracy of perception (or cognitive interpretation) of stimuli arising in the body, and finally, a paralyzing sense of ineffectiveness.” How is body image and the anorectic’s denial or perceptual distortion to be understood?


Body Image Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Body Image Disturbance 
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  • E. L. Edelstein
    • 1
  1. 1.JerusalemIsrael

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