Caratteristiche di personalita, meccanismi di difesa e binge eating in un gruppo di pazienti obesi

Translated title of the contribution: Personality characteristics, defence mechanisms and binge eating in obese patients

S. Pozzoli, C. Drago, G. Zanardi, M. Negri, I. Giorgi

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Aims: This study aimed to investigate defence mechanisms and personality characteristics in obese subjects. In particular, we compared the use of defence mechanisms in two groups: obese persons vs. normal weight subjects. We also compared the defence mechanisms and personality characteristics of two groups of obese subjects: those with Binge Eating Disorder vs. those without this disorder. Finally, we investigated the presence of possible differences linked to gender or to age of onset of obesity. Methods: 93 obese subjects and 68 normal weight subjects were administered a test battery composed of the following self-complete questionnaires (in the Italian version): Binge Eating Scale, Response Evaluation Measure-71, Eating Disorder Inventory-2 and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory). Results: Obese subjects appear to use specific defence mechanisms. A gender effect was found on the use of defence mechanisms, on the psychological characteristics associated to an Eating Disorder and on personality features. Obese subjects with Binge Eating Disorder showed a marked tendency to manifest anxiety and bulimic behaviour. Obesity with onset in adolescence was associated to the possibility of developing a drug dependence. Conclusion: Specific defence characteristics and personality features in obese subjects should be taken into account in designing a slimming program.

Original languageItalian
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Volume29
Issue number3 SUPPL. B
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

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Bulimia
Defense Mechanisms
Personality
Binge-Eating Disorder
Obesity
Weights and Measures
MMPI
Age of Onset
Substance-Related Disorders
Anxiety
Psychology
Equipment and Supplies

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Rehabilitation

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Caratteristiche di personalita, meccanismi di difesa e binge eating in un gruppo di pazienti obesi. / Pozzoli, S.; Drago, C.; Zanardi, G.; Negri, M.; Giorgi, I.

In: Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia, Vol. 29, No. 3 SUPPL. B, 07.2007.

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