Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory profiles of 132 morbidly obese individuals participating in a protein-sparing modified fast were examined via factor analytic methods yielding five interpretable psychometric factors. The results support the hypothesis that the morbidly obese are a psychologically heterogeneous population which can be subdivided conceptually. However, the findings fail to support the hypothesis that any particular psychopathology is intricately linked to the development of morbid obesity.
Lanzisera, Philip J.; DeHorn, Allan; MacDonald, Carolyn; Sroka, Conni; and Fachnie, J. David
"Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Profiles of the Morbidly Obese,"
Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal
: Vol. 36
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.henryford.com/hfhmedjournal/vol36/iss2/3