Psychodynamic mechanism and weight reduction in obesity group therapy – first observations with different attachment styles

Sybille Kiesewetter, Andrea Köpsel, Werner Köpp, Bettina Kallenbach-Dermutz, Andreas F.H. Pfeiffer, Joachim Spranger & Hans-Christian Deter
Objectives: Successful long-term results are extremely rare in non-surgical obesity treatment. Interactional difficulties with the attending physicians and the limited compliance of obese patients are a frequently described dilemma in repeated psychotherapeutic group treatment attempts. The type of relationship initiation and the attachment behavior probably play a central role in this connection but have not yet been systematically investigated. Methods: This paper focuses on the attachment styles of obese subjects and their effects on psychodynamic...