Anorexia Nervosa Affects Body Movements

Anorexia Nervosa Affects Body Movements

A study has been carried out by a group of researchers from Utrecht University on how anorexia nervosa affects body movement.

Study researchers have found that anorexic people instinctively turns sideway thinking that they are quite big, but such is not the case. Lead researcher Anouk Keizer explained the methodology of the study.

He said anorexia sufferers and healthy people were enrolled for the study. Keizer said both the groups were asked to walk through the doorways. Their body movement was seen as how much these people rotate their shoulders in order to get through the same.

After assessing the same, it was found that healthy people twisted their shoulders at the time when doorway was 25% wider than their shoulders. On the other hand, anorexic patients did so when they the doorway was 40% wider than their shoulders.

This had led study researchers to recommend that current therapeutic interventions should focus also on the body in action rather than focussing alone on patients.

"Anorexia nervosa patients experiencing their body as fat goes beyond thinking and perceiving themselves in such a way, it is even reflected in how they move around in the world", said the researchers in the journal PLOS ONE.

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