Social Interactions Research

Social Interactions and Weight Loss

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Atypical anorexia nervosa is a serious and understudied eating disorder defined by substantial weight loss, severe restrictive eating behaviors, cognitive disturbances related to eating and body image, but without the low body mass index observed in typical anorexia nervosa.

This exploratory project will examine if social rewards and self-perception are altered in atypical anorexia nervosa in comparison to healthy women that have lost weight without developing eating disorder psychopathology, such as overly restrictive eating or distortions about body image.

What does this study entail?

The study involves online questionnaires, cognitive and psychiatric assessments, online behavrioal games, and/or an fMRI scan. Participants have the flexibility to complete the study in 3-4 visits, some of which can be done virtually. 

How long does each visit last?

The timings for each visit vary depending on visit type, but in general each visit can last up to 30 minutes - 1.5 hours. The fMRI may take up to > 2 hours. 

Are you eligble?

Partcipants who meet the criteria below are eligible to participate:

  • Female

  • Not Pregnant

  • BMI > 20 and less than 40

  • Current BMI demonstrates a weight-loss of at least 10% of highest body mass in the last three years
  • Age between 18 - 46

  • Able to provide informed consent and fluent in English

  • No ferroreative metals in body or piercings that cannot be removed

  • Medically safe for MRI (only for those in the MRI subgroup)