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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52-58

Psychiatric correlates of obesity in women and its impact on quality of life


1 Dept. of psychiatry, SMS medical college, Jaipur, India
2 Dept. of psychiatry, MGM Medical College, Indore, India
3 Dept. of Psychiatry, SDMH, Jaipur, India

Correspondence Address:
Ram K Solanki
D-840, Malviya nagar, Jaipur
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.43135

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To find out Sociodemographic profile of obese & overweight females and compare their psychiatric profile, eating behavior & quality of life. Methods and Material: The study was conducted at obesity clinic (specialty clinic) at SMS hospital, Jaipur. Females meeting the inclusion criteria were divided in 3 group obese, overweight & normal weight according to BMI. After collecting Sociodemographic data they were subjected to Hindi version of MHQ, Eating attitude test-26 & short form health survey. Statistical analysis used: mean, standard deviation, chi square test & ANOVA Results: In obese subjects, scores on subscale of MHQ were significantly different except for hysterical subscale. The obese females scored higher on EAT-26, showing more abnormal behavior. There was significant difference on all domains of quality of life except social functioning & role impairment due to emotional factors. Conclusions: Clinically obese and overweight females are vulnerable to psychological ill health. They also show different Sociodemographic characteristic, impaired quality of life and eating attitude. These aspects should be considered, so that obesity can be managed in a better way.


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