Objectives: Although disordered eating has been assumed to be associated with interpersonal problems, there is a lack of research regarding the relationship between interpersonal problems and obesity. This study explored associations among self-esteem, binge behaviours and interpersonal problems in obese individuals, by contrasting obese persons with overweight persons; and to investigate whether BMI, binge behaviours and self-esteem predict interpersonal problems in obese individuals. Methods: A group of non-obese overweight people (N= 65; BMI range: 25-29.9) and a group of obese people (N= 78; BMI > 35) were selected from 224 people attending a mental health-care service specializing in eating disorders in Palermo (Italy). Seventy-eight percent of participants were female. All participants filled in the following measures: the Inventory of Interpersonal problems- short version- (IIP-32), the Binge Eating Scale (BES), and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES). Results: The findings showed that four domains of interpersonal problems were associated with binge behaviours and self-esteem in obese participants. Moreover, the relationship between binge behaviors and interpersonal problems was partially mediated by self-esteem. Conclusions: Given the poor prognosis for the long-term management of obesity, it could be important for clinicians to carefully assess patients’ interpersonal functioning, and its relationship to self-esteem and binge behaviors, especially with respect to treatment-seeking obese patients.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health