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Obesity shares behavioural overlap with addiction, mood and personality disorders

A large analysis of personality studies has found that people with obesity have similar behavioural traits to people with addictions to alcohol or drugs, but obesity also shared behavioural overlap with mood disorders and certain personality disorders. Overall, the study found that obesity is also a complex condition that cannot be fully explained by the addiction model alone.

Gastric bypass surgery can improve psychiatric behaviours

Bariatric surgery can results in improvements in patients’ psychiatric behaviours such as eating behaviours, mood disorders and body image, although the mechanism as to why is not clear, according to a study by Portuguese researchers. Published in the Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo), the paper ‘A psychiatric perspective view of bariatric surgery patients’, states that despite these improvements clinicians should be aware that a risk of suicide and substance abuse (especially alcohol) after gastric bypass surgery remain in some patients.

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