Little attention has been paid to the eating experience of anorectic females during the course of their illness. In order to enrich this understanding, two adult anorexics were selected and their emails were collected and analyzed. Analysis of these emails reveals the patients' experiences with and feelings about eating, which can provide an in-depth understanding of their circumstances and family dynamics. The paper ends with a discussion of the results, limitations, and implications of using emails as the data source of a qualitative study, and how they can reveal the informants' inner landscapes.


Anorexia nervosa, eating, email, qualitative research & Hong Kong


This work is supported in part by a grant (CUHK: 4090/99H) from the Hong Kong Research Grant Council. The deepest respect and appreciation are extended to the families who were brave enough to seek help from our practice team and were kind enough to participate in the study. Finally, we are grateful to Professor Kelly Lai and Professor Sing Lee of the Department of Psychiatry of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, who referred the patients with anorexia nervosa to us for family therapy

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