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Gutstadt, J.P. (1960). Journal of the Hillside Hospital. VIII, 1959: Clinical Symposium: Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Marked Obesity in a Young Adult Female. A. Russell Lee, et al. Pp. 190-215.. Psychoanal Q., 29:144-145.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the Hillside Hospital. VIII, 1959: Clinical Symposium: Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Marked Obesity in a Young Adult Female. A. Russell Lee, et al. Pp. 190-215.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:144-145

Journal of the Hillside Hospital. VIII, 1959: Clinical Symposium: Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Marked Obesity in a Young Adult Female. A. Russell Lee, et al. Pp. 190-215.

Joseph P. Gutstadt

An extremely obese young woman showed disturbed physiology suggestive of Cushing's syndrome. She had a long history of sadomasochistic relationships. She had eaten excessively since the age of sixteen; food appeared to be a substitute for love, serving to pacify anxiety arising from numerous separations. 'Food … became a polyfactored symbol [affording] immediate relief of tension and [feeding] love needs, her aggressive drives, low self-esteem, and depression.'

Discussants of the paper stressed the wide variety of psychic structure present

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in obesity. It is misleading to speak of 'obesity' as if it were a disease entity. Certain comparisons are drawn with anorexia nervosa and there is a lengthy summary of the meanings of the symptom of overeating and of the difficulties in psychotherapy of these patients. Overeating of various types is often a manifestation of schizophrenia or other psychosis.

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Article Citation

Gutstadt, J.P. (1960). Journal of the Hillside Hospital. VIII, 1959. Psychoanal. Q., 29:144-145

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