Psycho log ica l a s p e c t s of obesi
- M. MENDELSON
- N o r t h A m e r i ca
The magnitude of the problem of obesity finds its expression in the multitude of therapeutic approaches for treatment of this condition. The relationship between the patient's mental make-up and obesity, and the consequent difficulty in managing this condition, is well-known clinically, and has been well-documented since Richardson's publication in 1946, including Mendelson's review in 1964. In view of this, psychiatric treatment is sometimes used in the management of obesity. Several authors 4 > 5 . s stress the advantage of group psychotherapy in treating obese individuals. It is the purpose of this communication to report the results of group psychotherapy for twelve obese subjects who had been resistent to previous medical treatment. In addition, the internal conflicts characterizing this group of patients are described and compared to those present in a random group of obese patients who had responded to dietetic management alone.