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Psychother Psychosom. 1996;65(5):272-6.

Movement behaviour of patients with eating disorders and inflammatory bowel disease: a controlled study.

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Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, Medical University L├╝beck, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study assessed the movement behaviour of patients with eating disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.

METHODS:

Ninety female patients with anorexia nervosa (n = 30), bulimia nervosa (n = 30), inflammatory bowel disease (n = 30) and a healthy control group (n = 30) were videotaped during a 10-min standardised movement sequence. A movement analysis instrument was developed for the evaluation.

RESULTS:

The patient groups had a significantly smaller area of movement, less weight shift, more isolated use of their body parts, less integration of the lower body, more peripheral initiation of movement, less strength. No significant differences could be found among the patient groups with eating disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings are discussed in relation to body scheme disturbances and inhibition of nonverbal expression.

PMID:
8893329
DOI:
10.1159/000289087
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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