Anorexia nervosa following sexual harassment on the internet: A case report

Agnes Gati, Tamás Tényi, Ferenc Túry, Márta Wildmann

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Background: Sexual abuse may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa. No information is available on sexual abuse through the Internet and its connection to the development of eating disorders. Method: We report on a case of an adolescent female with the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, whose symptomatology correlated significantly with an incident of sexual harassment experienced via the Internet. Results: A case of on-line harassment suffered without off-line follow-up is reported to have led to a restrictive type of anorexia nervosa, where the symptomatology was connected to a "computer scatology" like persecution of our patient. Discussion: A causal connection of the on-line sexual harassment suffered and development of eating disorder is reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-477
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2002


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Internet
  • Sexual harassment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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