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The role of interoception in the overlap between eating disorders and autism: Methodological considerations

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Kiera Louise Adams, Jennifer Murphy, Caroline Catmur, Geoffrey Bird

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-509
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Issue number5
Accepted/In press31 Mar 2022
PublishedSep 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: Kiera Louise Adams is funded by the University of Oxford Medical Sciences Graduate School Studentship (Clarendon Fund in partnership with the University College Award and the Experimental Psychology Studentship). Geoffrey Bird is supported by the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund. Publisher Copyright: © 2022 The Authors. European Eating Disorders Review published by Eating Disorders Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


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Significant comorbidity has been demonstrated between feeding and eating disorders and autism. Atypical interoception (perception of bodily signals) may, at least in part, be responsible for this association, as it has been implicated in the aetiology of both conditions. However, significant methodological limitations are impeding progress in this area. This paper provides a brief overview of how interoception has been linked to autism and feeding and eating disorders in both adolescent and adult populations before identifying several issues with current measures of interoception. We suggest that methodological issues may be contributing to the inconsistency in the empirical literature, and provide suggestions for future research.

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