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Volume 5, Issue 2 (1976)

Body Image in Chronically Obese Children as Reflected in Figure Drawings

pp. 13—17

Bruch (1957, 1958, 1961) has found that the mothers of her young obese patients compensate for feelings of marked ambivalence toward their children by excessive feeding and overprotection. When food is habitually offered as a panacea for frustration and anxiety, the child does not learn to differentiate nutritional needs from other tensions and feelings of discomfort, all of which are experienced as hunger.

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