Psychological impediments to weight loss Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Obesity
  • Stress, Psychological

abstract

  • An understanding of the possible psychologic impediments to weight loss can promote improved therapeutic intervention for the obese patient. Certain psychological tasks are imposed by chronic medical illness including obesity. The universal stresses that accompany medical illness, the basic threat to self-esteem and sense of intactness, the fear--of loss of love and approval, of loss of control of function, of injury to body parts, of pain, and of guilt--all become psychological impediments thwarting weight loss and its maintenance. The physician's awareness of these psychological stresses helps him identify areas of necessary support.

publication date

  • December 1979

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 528129

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 167

end page

  • 70

volume

  • 3

number

  • 2