Quality of life, self and life metaphors, and hedonic hunger among obese and overweight adults

Article Type:
Research/Original Article (بدون رتبه معتبر)
Background and objective
Psychological health is as important as physical health. Obesity is a multifactorial disease that affects both these aspects of health. Despite serious effects of psychological factors on obesity, relationship between obesity and psychological aspects is less obvious. The current study aimed to investigate association of overweight and obesity with metaphors, quality of life, and hedonic hunger as some psychosocial factors related to body weight.
Subjects and
This cross-sectional study was conducted on 40 overweight and obese staff of Shahid Beheshti university of Medical Sciences (SBMU) aged 35-60 years. Data on anthropometric measurements, self/life metaphors, impact of weight on quality of life, hedonic hunger score, dietary intake and physical activity were collected.
Results and
In the current research, 55% of participants were women. Self-metaphor and physical part of Impact of Weight on Quality of Life (IWQOL) questionnaire in obese participants were significantly higher than those with overweight (P<0.05). There is no difference between hedonic score of obese and overweight persons. The mean ±SD of total score of IWQOL and its subscales including physical, self-esteem, sexual and social, in the fourth quartile of hedonic score was higher than the first one, significantly (p<0.05). There are important insights on the specific psychological aspects of obesity. It seems necessary to reinforce attention to phenotype of obesity, beyond energy intake and consumption to meet psychological and physical health.
Human, Health and halal Metrics, Volume:4 Issue: 2, Summer-Autumn 2023
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