Obesity and borderline personality symptomatology: Comparison of a psychiatric versus primary care sample

R. A. Sansone, M. W. Wiederman, L. A. Sansone, D. Monteith

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This study explores the relationship between obesity and borderline personality symptomatology in two clinical settings: a psychiatric vs primary care setting. The body mass indices (BMI) of 48 women from a psychiatric outpatient setting and 83 women from a primary care setting were calculated. Each participant completed the borderline personality scale of the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire-Revised (PDQ-R). While BMI and PDQ-R were moderately related in the psychiatric sample (r = 0.43, P < 0.01), there was a lack of association between these variables in the primary care sample (r = 0.04, P > 0.05). In conclusion, women's increasing body weight appears to have some degree of correlation to borderline personality symptomatology among psychiatric patients, whereas it apparently does not among primary care patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-300
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 27 2001



  • Borderline personality
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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