Figure psicopatologiche dell’obesità


Alessandro Carano, Domenico De Berardis, Francesco Gambi, Maria Rosa Salerno, nDaniela Campanella, Mariella Castrovilli, Carla Cotellessa, Filippo Maria Ferro

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2005; 76: 461-464

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The problem of relationships between obesity and psychological distress is debated in literature wherein a lot of studies
exists with controversial results. The obesity phenomenon is actually considered with criteria aimed to evaluate almost
exclusively the weight excess. Even if such criteria have the advantage to permit a scientific communicability, in the clinical
settings the focus of obesity involves medical as well psychiatric aspects. The psychological aspects that may have a
relevant role in obesity development must be recognized and distinguished from those that may be a direct consequence
of obesity itself. In fact, certain obese subjects (no-binge obese) may not experience any psychological distress during lifetime
whereas other obese subjects (binge obese) may have a significant and highly distressing psychological suffering.
Therefore, obese persons seem to represent an heterogeneous population with different adaptive characteristics who may
show several and complex psychological mechanisms and distresses. A psychotherapeutic approach seems to be essential to
treat such psychological distress that may heavily concur to the development and the maintenance of obesity.