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Keywords:

  • body perception;
  • eating attitude;
  • obesity;
  • the strategy of overcoming

Accessible summary

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    Obesity has become an important health problem because of the gradually increasing incidence seen within all age groups. People with obesity problems are affected lifespan and health negatively.
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    Obesity can be described as disease that affects lifespan and health negatively, because of body fat deposition.
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    The eating attitudes, body perception, strategies for coping with stress in patient being treated for obesity and investigated the relationship between their eating attitudes and socio-demographic characteristics, body perceptions and strategies of coping with stress.
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    Misperception of the body and the ability to solve the problem increased as eating attitude defects increased. A positive correlation was between the eating attitude defects and habitude of pursing social support and ability of coping.

Abstract

Obesity, a complex disease, involves many psychological problems besides eating disorders. In this study, we aimed to examine the relationship between the eating attitude and body perception, which is thought to affect the eating attitude in the patients diagnosed as obese, the ability to solve the problem, the strategy of coping with stress and some socio-demographic features. A total of 99 adults aged between 20 and 68 years, who were examined in the Polyclinic of Endocrinology and Metabolism Diseases, Ege University, Türkiye, constituted the sample of the study. Eating Attitude Test, The Body Perception Scale and The Scale of Coping with Strategies were used in order to collect the data. Misperception of the body and the ability to solve the problem increased as eating attitude defects increased. A positive correlation was determined between the eating attitude defects and the habitude of pursuing social support and the ability of coping.