Study of the Relationship between Anxiety and Obesity by Means of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) Questionnaire
The usual relationship between excessive food intake and anxiety described by most obese patients takes us directly to these people’s reality. Something described as external to them, uncontrolled and erratic is “what makes them behave like that”. Changing this perception of the problem of excessive intake, redirecting it to the patient and giving them a sense of self-control is by no means easy. The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent obesity is truly a problem of anxiety and whether it is actually a matter of bad eating habits. Thirty subjects were evaluated and asked to answer the STAI questionnaire in order to assess their state anxiety and trait anxiety.