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Vol 18, No 1 (2021)
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Personality disorder and compulsive overeating in obese people

Karolina Kobrzyńska1, Marta Dagmara Dębowska2
Psychiatria 2021;18(1):18-29.


Introduction: Many obese people face compulsive eating and mental dysfunction. The aim of the study was to find
the relationship between characteristic features, personality disorders and the problem of compulsive eating in an obese
person (BMI ≥ 30).

Material and methods: 290 people, 241 women (83.1%) and 49 men (16.9%) participated in the study. The participants
were assigned to a Research group (BMI ≥ 30) or Control group (BMI 18.5–24.99). People with other eating
disorders: anorexia, bulimia and diagnosed pregnancy were excluded from the study. Data were collected by means
of an online survey and in a paper-version. The research tools which were used are an original questionnaire based on
diagnostic criteria DSM-5, ACL Adjective List, SCID II Personality Questionnaire, STAI Self Assessment Questionnaire.

Results: There was a statistically significant correlation between some types of personality disorders, intensity of certain
personality traits and anxiety as a state of mind and traits and compulsive eating syndrome in obese people. The relationships
between age, education and compulsive eating were demontsrated in the research group.

Conclusions: The treatment of obesity requires a holistic and multifaceted approach to the patient. The cognition of
the mental dysfunctions which accompanies it seems to be crucial in choosing the right therapy.

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