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Horses teach women with eating disorders proximity

The horse does not care what you say, whether you are fat or thin. It is more direct communication between horse and human, it is the inner language that tells such as gaze and breath. This fits well in therapy for people with eating disorders. Horse therapy gives the patient relational competence”, says psychologist Anita Veimo.

“Eating disorders are potentially very serious disease, but there are few documented effects of treatment. Many of the long-term sick patients with severe eating disorders do not have a sufficiently adequate improvement despite traditional talk therapy. In this connection, I think it was interesting to investigate further whether a more alternative form of treatment could be helpful for this group of patients”, says Kari-Anne Moan from the Institute of Psychology at the University of Tromsø.

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