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Glucksman*, M.L. Rand*, C.S. Stunkard*, A.J. (1978). Psychodynamics of Obesity. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 6(1):103-115.

(1978). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 6(1):103-115

Psychodynamics of Obesity

Myron L. Glucksman*, Colleen S. W. Rand* and Albert J. Stunkard*


The purpose of this paper is to examine the psychodynamics of weight gain, weight loss, and deviant eating patterns, based on the data derived from the Academy Study of 84 obese and 63 normal weight patients in psychoanalytic treatment (Rand and Stunkard 1977a and 1977b). Historically, psychoanalysts have emphasized the notion that obese individuals have encountered a serious disturbance during the oral stage of psychosexual development (Alexander 1934, Schick 1947, Bychowski 1950, Rascovsky, et al. 1950).

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