Self-disgust within eating disordered groups: Associations with anxiety, disgust sensitivity and sensory processing.
This study aimed to assess the relationship between self-disgust and sensory processing within eating psychopathology. Five hundred and ninety one women with a self-reported diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or who had no previous history of an eating disorder completed a battery of on-line questionnaires measuring disgust, emotion and sensory variables. Those with an eating disorder reported significantly higher rates of self-disgust than those with no history of disordered eating. In groups of women with self-reported bulimia, self-disgust was associated with sensation avoidance and sensation seeking. Within the group with anorexia nervosa, self-disgust was associated with low registration and sensation seeking. This report is the first to examine the expression of the emotion self-disgust within eating psychopathology and examine associations of this factor with sensory processing. The emotion self-disgust needs to be further examined to understand its possible role in the onset and maintenance of disordered eating.
Citation:Bell, K., Coulthard, H. and Wildbur, D. (2017) Self-disgust within eating disordered groups: Associations with anxiety, disgust sensitivity and sensory processing. European Eating Disorders Review, 25 (5), pp. 373-380
Research Group:Health Psychology