Obesity, psychopathology and eating attitudes: are they related?

G. Riva, P. Ragazzoni, E. Molinari

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to verify the link between psychopathological disorders and eating attitude in a clinical sample of 195 female obese subjects. A battery of psychological tests, including the Italian versions of the MMPI2, ASQ and EAT scales were administered to all the patients. We analyzed the link between psychopathological traits and eating attitudes by using both Multiple Regression analysis and non-parametric Segmentation Modeling. The results showed that psychopathological aspects, and depression in particular, are strongly linked to the eating attitude of clinically obese subjects. This is an important result also for therapeutic purposes, as it highlights the need for psychological support in diet therapy to intervene on the psychological perceptions and experiences of the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-83
Number of pages6
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Volume3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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