The Personality (Temperament and Character) Factors Related with Weight Loss Success in Obesity
Sultan Okumuşoğlu

Dr. Sultan Okumuşoğlu, (PhD. in Clinical Pschology) is Currently Lecturer and Head of Psyhology Department at Girne American University, Grine, North Cyprus.
Manuscript Received on January 22, 2015. | Revised Manuscript Received on January 28, 2015. | Manuscript published on February 15, 2015. | PP: 1-4 | Volume-1 Issue-5, February 2015.
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Abstract: The main purpose of this study is investigation of relationships of the personality (temperament & character) factors with succesfull weight maintenance. Temperament and character was measured by Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). Four group of subjects as “successfull obeses”, “unsuccesfull obeses”, “obeses who does not look for professional help” and “normal controls” -32 subjects for each, and 128 for total- were used. The obeses who lost at least 10% of their initial weight and who were succesfully maintained 10% less weight for one year were assigned to the group “succesfull obeses” and the obeses who couldn’t maintained weight loss were assigned to the group “unsuccesfull obeses”. These two groups were choosen from patients of a private clinic and other two group from general population. One way variance analysis indicated that “succesfull obeses” differed significantly with higher mean scores on Self Directedness (TCI), and Cooperativeness (TCI) character subscales than “obeses who does not look for professional help”. Results also pointed out that “normal controls” differed significantly by having lower Harm Avoidance (TCI)temperament subscale mean scores than “unsuccesfull obeses” and “obeses who does not look for professional help”.
Keywords: Weight-loss success; Obesity; Personality; Temperament; Character, healthy weight maintenance