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Abstract

LEONIDAS, Carolina  and  SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. Eating Disorders and Female Sexuality: Current Evidence-base and Future Implications. Psico-USF [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.1, pp.101-113.  Epub May 29, 2020. ISSN 2175-3563.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-82712020250109.

This study aimed to examine current scientific production regarding sexuality-related issues in the context of eating disorders (ED). Searches were performed on PubMed, LILACS, CINAHL and PsycINFO, including papers published between 2008 and 2018, using the following descriptors: eating disorders, femininity, sexuality and sexual behavior. Nineteen studies were selected. Findings were systematized into two main thematic categories and showed, in general, that femininity can be a risk factor to the development of ED. Studies indicated that endorsing a gender role that is socially considered discrepant from biological sex, despite feminine or masculine, is related to ED symptomatology. Moreover, body dissatisfaction is positively correlated to sexual dysfunction. Interventions targeting prevention of ED should include sexuality-related issues by approaching probable negative consequences of adhering to female gender role social requirements and stereotypes, especially those related to body weight and body shape.

Keywords : eating disorders; sexuality; femininity.

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