Navigation Links
Self-Drawings May Reveal Hidden Eating Disorders
Date:2/16/2011

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 16 (HealthDay News) -- The way women draw themselves may help reveal whether they have an eating disorder, researchers suggest.

They found that women with anorexia or bulimia draw themselves with different characteristics than women without eating disorders.

The study, by Israeli researchers, included 36 women with anorexia or bulimia and 40 women with no eating disorder, half of them overweight and half normal weight. The women were asked to draw themselves, and the researchers found various differences between the groups in four areas:

  • Women with anorexia or bulimia tended to portray themselves with a larger neck, a disconnected neck or no neck.
  • The mouth was more emphasized by women with anorexia or bulimia.
  • Depictions of wider thighs were more common among participants with eating disorders.
  • Women with anorexia or bulimia tended to draw pictures without feet or with disconnected feet.

The researchers also found that among women with eating disorders, those with anorexia were more likely than those with bulimia to omit breasts from their drawings, to sketch less defined body lines and to portray smaller figures in relation to the page size.

The study, published in the Arts in Psychotherapy, shows "that women suffering or prone to developing eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, can be diagnosed with a simple and non-intrusive self-figure drawing assessment," co-author Rachel Lev-Wiesel, head of the Graduate School of Creative Art Therapies at the University of Haifa, said in a university news release.

"Women suffering from eating disorders usually tend to hide their condition, even from their professional therapists," she explained. "They often find it difficult to talk about their problems, so a non-verbal and non-intrusive tool such as a simple request for a self-figure drawing can become an important tool in creative art therapy."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about eating disorders.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Haifa, news release, Feb. 13, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study reveals security weaknesses in file-sharing methods used in clinical trials
2. Clues May Reveal When a Person Is Faking Remorse
3. Revealing the wiring that allows us to adapt to the unexpected
4. Study reveals how fusion protein triggers cancer
5. Orangutan Genomes Reveal Some Surprises
6. Researchers reveal function of novel molecule that underlies human deafness
7. Global view of blood cell development reveals new and complex circuitry
8. Bedbugs Reveal Their Genetic Secrets in Lab Study
9. Nuclear receptors reveal possible interventions for cancer, obesity
10. ICU communication study reveals complexities of family decision-making
11. Study reveals major shift in how eczema develops
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Self-Drawings May Reveal Hidden Eating Disorders
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... ... eating disorder treatment helps to reduce the frequency and level of relapse. ... Phase: Re-Establishing Healthy Identity and Purpose,” will explore the critical tasks of the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... & Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 ... ... of Activz Whole-Food Nutrition , announced that the much-anticipated feature with author Jahnavi ... New Really Cool Humans Amateur TV Network. , Each week, on his weekly Whole-Food ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 05, ... ... are pleased to announce the addition of micro-needling services in their Napa Valley ... appearance. The founders of Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, are ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the ... the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and ... Event at the La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach on March 15, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Regular gym users know the routine: each January, ... to access the treadmills. It’s a predictable trend. After the excesses of November and ... in shape by joining gyms, starting new walking or running routines, or signing up ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016 Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, ... ,Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, H2 2015, provides ... This report provides comprehensive information on the ... analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by drug ... (RoA) and molecule type, along with latest updates, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... Summary Breast cancer, a malignant neoplasm, ... common cancer in women worldwide, accounting for 16% of ... number of women diagnosed with breast cancer has increased ... deaths has declined due to earlier diagnosis and better ... in the past four decades, especially with increasing usage ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 4, 2016 ... Identifying and Commercializing First-in-Class Innovation ... disorder associated with chronic inflammation of the airways ... of COPD symptoms make the disease one of ... cause of death in the world. COPD is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: