Virtual reality in the assessment and treatment of weight-related disorders

Brenda K. Wiederhold, Giuseppe Riva, José Gutiérrez-Maldonado

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Virtual Reality (VR) has, for the past two decades, proven to be a useful adjunctive tool for both assessment and treatment of patients with eating disorders and obesity. VR allows an individual to enter scenarios that simulate real-life situations and to encounter food cues known to trigger his/her disordered eating behavior. As well, VR enables three-dimensional figures of the patient's body to be presented, helping him/her to reach an awareness of body image distortion and then providing the opportunity to confront and correct distortions, resulting in a more realistic body image and a decrease in body image dissatisfaction. In this paper, we describe seminal studies in this research area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Applied Psychology
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Social Psychology


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