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Weighty decisions: How symptom severity and weight impact perceptions of bulimia nervosa

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Bulimia nervosa is a serious mental illness with associated physical health problems and impaired psychosocial functioning. And yet, fewer than two thirds of patients with bulimia nervosa seek treatment. One barrier to seeking treatment is failure to detect a disorder or identify a need for treatment. This vignette study examined perceptions of a fictitious patient with bulimia nervosa. Specifically, we investigated whether different portrayals of the patient in terms of weight status (underweight, healthy weight, overweight) and symptom severity (daily or weekly binge eating and purging) led to differences in weight stigma and mental health stigma, whether bulimia nervosa was perceived to be a serious problem, and whether the patient was perceived to need help with weight loss and/or mental health.

This course is based on the reading-based online, Weighty decisions: How symptom severity and weight impact perceptions of bulimia nervosa created by JoAnna Elmquist PhD, Marney A. White PhD, MS , Carlos M. Grilo PhD, Janet A. Lydecker PhD, and Katharine Galbraith in 2019.

Publication Date:

June 25, 2019

Course Material Authors

JoAnna Elmquist PhD
Marney A. White PhD, MS
Carlos M. Grilo PhD
Janet A. Lydecker PhD
Katharine Galbraith

Course Creator

Tyler Gibson

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for mental health and eating disorder professionals who are interested in the relationship between symptom severity and the perception of bulimia. This course is intended for an intermediate to advanced level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Recognize similarities and differences in how patients can be perceived when they are portrayed with more severe eating-disordered behaviors and/or excess weight.

  2. Describe how weight stigma is conceptually associated of with perceptions of bulimia nervosa.

  3. Identify the potential implications of differing perceptions of bulimia nervosa based on weight, specifically relating to classification as a serious mental illness requiring eating-disorder treatment.

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Course Retired
Course Number 102460
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  • Reading-Based Online
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