Morbid obesity is an epidemic. Current literature suggests that people with morbid obesity tend to show increased levels of psychological dysfunction. This is especially pertinent to the clinicians who work with morbidly obese patients who seek bariatric surgery as the method for weight control. Surgery should be performed on patients who are psychologically ready to adjust to the stringent post-operative lifestyle.
The purpose of the present study was (1) to compare two groups of bariatric patients (a White group and a non-White group) on pre-surgery measures: specific scales on the Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic (MBMD), the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II), and the Outcome Questionnaire version 45.2 (OQ 45.2), (2) determine if there are any significant differences both within and between groups on post-surgery body mass index (BMI) and weight loss, and (3) generate recommendations for continued post-surgery weight loss maintenance.
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Louis E. Jenkins
Kendal C. Boyd
David A. Vermeersch
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
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Bariatric Surgery -- psychology; Obesity, Morbid -- surgery; Obesity -- epidemiology -- United States; Attitude to Health; Female; Body Weight -- ethnology; Body Mass Index; Waist Circumference; Perioperative Period -- psychology; Adaptation, Psychological; Analysis of Variance.
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Donato, Aimee L., "Psychological Profiles in a Female Bariatric Surgery Sample" (2010). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1527.
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