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The Relation of Life Satisfaction with Body Perception and Self Esteem in Morbid Obesity Patients which are Candidates for Bariatric Surgery
Lale GÖNENİR ERBAY1, Mahmut AKYÜZ1, İbrahim ŞAHİN2, Bahri EVREN2, Cüneyt KAYAALP3, Rıfat KARLIDAĞ1
1İnönü Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Psikiyatri Anabilim Dalı, Malatya, Türkiye
2İnönü Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Endokrinoloji Bilim Dalı, Malatya, Türkiye
3İnönü Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Genel Cerrahi Anabilim Dalı, Malatya, Türkiye

Objective: Obesity is also seen to cause psychosocial problems as well as medical problems. The aim of this study is to examine the level of life satisfaction, body perception and self-esteem of morbid obese patients as a candidate for bariatric surgery and the effect of body perception and selfesteem on life satisfaction.

Material and Method: In this study, 136 morbid obese patients with body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 who applied to the Endocrinology Department of Inonu University and 69 healthy individuals with BMI of less than 30 were included between Jan-Dec 2016. Those with any psychiatric disorder were excluded from the study. Coopersmith Self-Esteem Scale, Body Sense Scale, Life Satisfaction Scale were applied to the groups.

Results: Statistical analyzes revealed that the life satisfaction and body image scale scores of the morbid obesity patients were lower than the control group. It was remarkable that self-esteem scale score was higher in patients than control group. In the correlation analysis, a positive correlation between life satisfaction and body perception was found.

Conclusion: According to the findings of the study, morbid obesity patients had lower life satisfaction and higher dissatisfaction with body appearance than the control group but higher self esteem. In addition, as the satisfaction of the person's body image increased accordingly with the increase of life satisfaction. In some societies, the concept of weakness is appreciated, while obese individuals are exposed to exclusion. If self-esteem is thought to be influenced by interpersonal relationships, the higher self-esteem in morbid obese patients can be explained by the variation in social structure and number of patients.

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