Body Image and Obese Identity in Bariatric Patients: Psychological Factors and Clinical Management

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Carmela Mento (Author) – Biomorf Department, University of Messina, Psychiatric Unit Policlinico Hospital, Messina, Italy
Maria Catena Silvestri (Author) – Psychological Doctor, University of Messina, Italy
Antonio Bruno (Author) – Department of Human Pathology of Adult and Evolutive Age, G. Barresi, University of Messina, Italy
Maria Rosaria Anna Muscatello (Author) – Biomorf Department, University of Messina, Psychiatric Unit Policlinico Hospital, Messina, Italy
Amelia Rizzo (Author) – Psychological Doctor, University of Messina, Italy
Giulia Celona (Author) – Psychological Doctor, University of Messina, Italy
Giuseppe Navarra (Author) – Department of Human Pathology of Adult and Evolutive Age, G. Barresi, University of Messina, Italy
Rocco Antonio Zoccali (Author) – Biomorf Department, University of Messina, Psychiatric Unit Policlinico Hospital, Messina, Italy

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY036000

According to literature, body image generally does not change after bariatric surgery. It is the bias body-mind in the obese paradox. The reduction of kg is not the same as the reduction of brain space. Patients in post surgery, experience difficulty in adapting to a new body, a persistent obese view of self, feelings of fatness and body image avoidance. Body image dissatisfaction among obese patient persist after bariatric surgery.  Ex obese patients, mainly women, feel uncomfortable and often dissatisfied with their physical aspect; they have a wrong perception of their body image and consequently have a reduced self-esteem, sometimes showing difficulties in functional areas such as work, relations and social activity.

Body image affects an individual in his global dimension and from this, many complex effects can result that can generate feelings of satisfaction or dissatisfaction and that can lead an individual to make radical choices in the aesthetics treatment of their body. These aspects concern the need to combine evaluation and psychological treatment with pre and post surgery in order to allow the patient to feel the body changes and change his/her eating habits for a fruitful adaptation process.

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Preface

Chapter 1. The Construction of Body Image and Obese Identity

Chapter 2. Obesity Treatments

Chapter 3. Clinical Management of Bariatric Patients

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