Psychiatric Care in Severe Obesity

An Interdisciplinary Guide to Integrated Care

  • Sanjeev Sockalingam
  • Raed Hawa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Raed Hawa, Sanjeev Sockalingam
      Pages 3-4
    3. Becky Smith, Catherine Laird
      Pages 5-17
  3. Causes and Treatment of Obesity: From Genes to Integrated Care Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. R. G. Maunder, J. J. Hunter, Tho Lan Le
      Pages 37-48
    3. Patti Kastanias, Karyn Mackenzie, Sandra Robinson, Wei Wang
      Pages 49-73
    4. Kristel Lobo Prabhu, Timothy Jackson
      Pages 75-82
    5. Wynne Lundblad, Alexis M. Fertig, Sanjeev Sockalingam
      Pages 83-90
  4. Assessment of Psychosocial Domains in Severe Obesity Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Stephanie E. Cassin, Aliza Friedman
      Pages 93-105
    3. Giovanni Amodeo, Mehala Subramaniapillai, Rodrigo B. Mansur, Roger S. McIntyre
      Pages 107-121
    4. Susan Wnuk, Jessica Van Exan, Raed Hawa
      Pages 123-140
    5. Carrol Zhou, Sanjeev Sockalingam
      Pages 141-156
    6. Elliott Kyung Lee, Raed Hawa
      Pages 157-172
  5. Nutrition and Psychotherapeutic Treatments in Obesity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Katie Warwick, Lorraine Gougeon
      Pages 189-205
    3. Marlene Taube-Schiff, Lauren David, Stephanie E. Cassin
      Pages 221-230
    4. Susan Wnuk, Chau Du
      Pages 231-244
    5. Stephanie E. Cassin, Molly Atwood
      Pages 245-256
    6. Markus Duncan, Karen Davison, Gary Remington, Guy Faulkner
      Pages 257-273
    7. Melvyn W. B. Zhang, Roger C. M. Ho
      Pages 287-294
  6. Psychopharmacological Considerations in Severe Obesity and Bariatric Surgery Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Kathleen S. Bingham, Richard Yanofsky
      Pages 313-333
  7. Putting It All Together: An Integrative Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Raed Hawa, Sanjeev Sockalingam
      Pages 337-342
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 343-357

About this book


This book is designed to present a comprehensive, state-of the-art approach to assessing and managing bariatric surgery and psychosocial care. Unlike any other text, this book focuses on developing a biopsychosocial understanding of patients’ obesity journey and psychosocial factors contributing to their obesity and its management from an integrated perspective.  
Psychiatric Care in Severe Obesity takes a 360 approach by covering the disease’s prevalence and relationship to psychiatric illness and social factors, including genetics, neurohormonal pathways and development factors for obesity.  

This book presents evidence and strategies for assessing psychiatric issues in severe obesity and uses common psychiatric presentations to feature the impact on bariatric surgery and key assessment features for weight loss. Concluding chapters focus on evidence-based psychosocial treatments for supporting patients with weight loss and bariatric surgery and includes educational tools and checklists for assessment, treatment, and care. Experts on non-pharmacological interventions such as mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy and nutrition education describe treatment approaches in each modality, concluding with pharmacological approaches for psychiatric conditions and eating pathology. Additional tools in the appendices support clinicians, making this the ultimate guide for managing psychiatric illness in patients suffering from severe obesity.

As obesity continues to grow in prevalence as a medically recognized epidemic, Psychiatric Care in Severe Obesity serves a vital resource to medical students, psychiatrists, psychologists, bariatric surgeons, primary care physicians, dietitians, mental health nurses, social workers, and all medical professionals working with severely obese patients.


Bariatric psychiatry Behavioral health Body image Obesity Psychiatric illness Psychosocial medical approaches

Editors and affiliations

  • Sanjeev Sockalingam
    • 1
  • Raed Hawa
    • 2
  1. 1.Toronto Western Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program, Centre for Mental HealthUniversity Health NetworkTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42534-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42536-8
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