Psychological Assessment

  • Eldo E. Frezza
  • Mitchell S. Wachtel
  • Rolf Gordhamer

Although it would seem logical for the “eating public” to grasp the reality of the obesity epidemic and to appropriately diet, emotional obstacles to successful weight loss are monumental. Eating is a stress reliever, a friend, a pacifier, and a companion on lonely nights. Eating until stuffed, for many, numbs fl oating anxiety, helping sufferers to cope with the general existential angst of modern life. Before undergoing bariatric surgery, emotional elements must be assessed and treated to ensure a successful outcome. This chapter outlines our approach to determining whether a patient is psychologically appropriate for weight loss surgery.


Bariatric Surgery Morbid Obesity Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Psychological Assessment Obese Person 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eldo E. Frezza
    • 1
  • Mitchell S. Wachtel
    • 2
  • Rolf Gordhamer
    • 3
  1. 1.Professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterChief of General Surgery, University Medical CenterLubbock
  2. 2.Associate ProfessorTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbock
  3. 3.Psychologist and ConsultantTexas Tech UniversityLubbock

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