Folks with consuming problems are 12 occasions extra more likely to be preoccupied with perceived flaws of their bodily look than these with out, in response to new analysis revealed within the journal Consuming and Weight Problems.
Researchers from Anglia Ruskin College (ARU) surveyed greater than 1,600 well being membership members recruited by way of social media. They discovered the variety of folks with physique dysmorphic dysfunction — a psychological situation marked by obsession with perceived flaws in look which aren’t seen by others — was 12 occasions larger amongst folks with suspected consuming problems.
Round 30% of members had indicated consuming problems, and the researchers famous that 76% of these folks additionally suffered from physique dysmorphia.
The paper additionally discovered no important associations between physique dysmorphia, sexuality and social media use, though there was affiliation with gender, with ladies being extra more likely to present signs of physique dysmorphia.
Lead creator Mike Trott, PhD researcher in Sports activities Science at ARU, mentioned: “Physique dysmorphia may end up in anxiousness, stress and diminished high quality of life. Whereas victims of consuming problems, corresponding to anorexia and bulimia nervosa, share comparable traits to these with physique dysmorphia, analysis into any correlation between the 2 is sparse.
“Healthcare professionals working with folks with physique dysmorphia ought to display them for consuming problems frequently, as this analysis exhibits a powerful correlation between the 2.”