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Anorexia Nervosa in a Woman Totally Blind Since Birth

  • S. W. Touyz (a1), B. T. O'Sullivan (a1), R. Gertler (a1) and P. J. V. Beumont (a2)

Abstract

A 19-year-old woman, blind since birth, lost 26 kg over a 7-month period. This was achieved by restriction of food intake, excessive exercise, laxative abuse, and self-induced vomiting. Although the visual experience is often believed to be an integral component of body-shape perception and the overvaluation of thinness in contemporary society, it does not preclude the development of anorexia nervosa.

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Department of Psychiatry, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Road, Camperdown 2050, New South Wales, Australia

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Anorexia Nervosa in a Woman Totally Blind Since Birth

  • S. W. Touyz (a1), B. T. O'Sullivan (a1), R. Gertler (a1) and P. J. V. Beumont (a2)
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