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American Journal of Nursing Research. 2018, 6(6), 484-490
DOI: 10.12691/ajnr-6-6-16
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Effect of Liposuction on Overweight/Obese Patients’ Eating Concerns, Body Shape Concerns, and Self-esteem

Nagwa A. Souilm1 and Evon S. Shokre2,

1Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, South Valley University, Egypt

2Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Fayoum University, Egypt

Pub. Date: October 31, 2018

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Nagwa A. Souilm and Evon S. Shokre. Effect of Liposuction on Overweight/Obese Patients’ Eating Concerns, Body Shape Concerns, and Self-esteem. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2018; 6(6):484-490. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-6-6-16


Obesity is a growing public health problem in Egypt, with many physical and psychological deleterious effects. Liposuction could have a positive effect on patients’ psychology. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of liposuction on overweight/obese patients’ eating concerns, body shape concerns, and self-esteem. This quasi-experimental one-group study was conducted in Bedayat private Hospital in Cairo on 70 adult patients undergoing liposuction. A self-administered questionnaire with three validated scales for eating concerns, body shape concerns, and self-esteem was utilized in data collection before and after liposuction. The fieldwork lasted from April to July 2018. The results showed that 84.3% of the patients were, with age range 23 to 58 years. There were significant decreases in the percentages of patients having dyslipidemia, from 25.7% before the liposuction to 5.7% after the liposuction (p=0.001). The scores of eating showed improvements (p<0.001), and the frequency of unhealthy eating practices decreased (p<0.001). The mean score of body shape concerns decreased from 5.1 before liposuction to 2.1 after liposuction (p<0.001), whereas the mean sores of self-esteem domains increased (p<0.001). In multivariate analysis, liposuction was the only significant independent negative predictor of the eating concern and body shape concern scores, and a significant positive predictor of the self-esteem score. In conclusion, liposuction is a safe procedure that leads to significant improvements in the patients’ eating concerns, body shape concerns, and self-esteem. The procedure is recommended for those suffering from such concerns and/or having low self-esteem. Further research is proposed to examine the long-term effects of liposuction on these parameters.

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