The experience of feeling fat for women with anorexia nervosa: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
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Major, Laura; Viljoen, David; Nel, Pieter. The experience of feeling fat for women with anorexia nervosa: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling; Jan 2019
Feeling fat has been implicated as a maintenance factor in anorexia nervosa (AN), despite limited research into the experience. This study expanded the literature by exploring the lived experience of feeling fat for women with a diagnosis of AN. Seven women participated in this study and data was collected through semi-structured interviews. Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was employed to explore the participants’ experience of ‘feeling fat’ and its relevance for clinical treatment. Four main themes emerged from the data: ‘negative sense of self’, ‘feeling out of control’, ‘coping with feeling fat’, and ‘making sense of feeling fat is complex’. These results highlight feeling fat as a significant experience and maintenance factor for women with a diagnosis of AN. Implications for addressing feeling fat within psychological therapy are explored.
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