The British Journal of Psychiatry
Anorexia nervosa in a woman totally blind since birth.
S W Touyz, B T O'Sullivan, R Gertler, P J Beumont


A 19-year-old woman, blind since birth, lost 26 kg over a 7-month period. This was achieved by restriction of food intake, excessive exercise, laxative abuse, and self-induced vomiting. Although the visual experience is often believed to be an integral component of body-shape perception and the overvaluation of thinness in contemporary society, it does not preclude the development of anorexia nervosa.