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Eat Weight Disord. 2011 Mar;16(1):e24-9.

Evaluation of alexithymia and depression in severe obese patients not affected by eating disorders.

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Eating Disorders and Obesity Outpatient Unit, ULSS 13, Mirano-Dolo, Venezia, Italy.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the different aspects of the construct of alexithymia in a group of severe obese patients not affected by eating disorders. Moreover, we tested if in the same patients there was a relationship between alexithymic traits and depressive symptoms.

METHOD:

Forty-nine severe obese patients were evaluated through the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). The results were compared with those of a normal weight control group.

RESULTS:

Obese patients were less able than control subjects in recognizing and labeling their own emotions. This deficit was positively associated with depressive symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:

The data suggest that severe obese patients have more difficulties in recognizing their emotions and have more depressive symptoms than control subjects have.

PMID:
21727778
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