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OBJECTIVE: To investigate assumptions and beliefs in anorexia nervosa and dieting. DESIGN AND METHOD: The Eating Disorder Belief Questionnaire (EDBQ), was administered to patients with anorexia nervosa, dieters and female controls. RESULTS: The patients scored more highly than the other two groups on assumptions about weight and shape, assumptions about eating and negative self-beliefs. The dieters scored more highly than the female controls on assumptions about weight and shape. CONCLUSIONS: The cognitive content of anorexia nervosa (both assumptions and negative self-beliefs) differs from that found in dieting. Assumptions about weight and shape may also distinguish dieters from female controls.

Original publication




Journal article


Br J Clin Psychol

Publication Date





215 - 218


Anorexia Nervosa, Body Image, Diet, Reducing, Female, Humans, Self Concept, Surveys and Questionnaires