Social phobia and quality of life in morbidly obese patients before and after bariatric surgery

Antonio Mirijello, Cristina D'Angelo, Amerigo Iaconelli, Esmeralda Capristo, Anna Ferrulli, Laura Leccesi, Anthony Cossari, Raffaele Landolfi, Giovanni Addolorato

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Background Morbidly obesity is characterized by physical and psychological comorbidities which are associated with reduced quality of life. Bariatric surgery has been linked to a reduction of psychopathology other than to a reduction of weight and improvement in physical functioning. Aim of the present study was to compare psychological features of two groups of morbidly obese patients, before and after bariatric surgery, assessing social phobia and quality of life. Methods A total of 46 morbidly obese patients were enrolled in the study. Of them, 20 were waiting for bilio-pancreatic diversion (group A), while 26 had already undergone surgical procedure (group B). Psychometric evaluation assessed social phobia, fear for the body-shape and quality of life, using appropriate psychometric tests. Results The percentage of patients showing social phobia was significantly higher compared to a sample of healthy controls (p=0.004), both in group A (p=0.003) and in group B (p=0.029). No differences in percentage of patients affected by social phobia were found between groups. A significantly higher percentage of patients affected by distress about the body (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2015


  • BMI
  • Obesity
  • Quality of life
  • Social anxiety disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine(all)


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