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The study was designed to extend our understanding of illness perceptions in patients with bulimia nervosa (BN). Seventy-eight participants with BN or BN-type Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS-BN) completed the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R) (Moss-Morris et al., 2002). Clinical variables were also assessed. Participants experienced their ED as chronic, with serious consequences and high associated levels of anxiety and depression. The disorder was attributed primarily to psychological causes. The results indicate the perceived severity of BN, and high level of associated distress. These findings highlight the potential for targeting illness perceptions in treatment.

Original publication




Journal article


J Health Psychol

Publication Date





399 - 408


Adolescent, Adult, Attitude to Health, Bulimia Nervosa, Disease, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Perception, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Surveys and Questionnaires, Young Adult