An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


The aim of the current study was to identify the relation between Alexithymia and obesity in Jordanian woman between the ages of 18 to 44. The study utilized the descriptive methodology to process the collected data because of its convenience and usefulness to the study design, (326) women with alexithymia Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) were included in this study, and they were divided into three different age groups (18-24), (25-34) and (35-44) years. Their body weight and height were measured to calculate their body mass index (BMI) to measure the extent of obesity in different groups. The study found that the incidence of obesity was around (78.5%) among them, with (17.8%) was overweight. The study also shown that there were no significant assassination between the incidence of Alexithymia and BMI. We recommend that further studies need to be done to address the problem of Alexithymia and the its causative factors and to consider it as a leading factor to obesity. We also recommend identity that medical programs to treat patients with Alexithymia need to be developed and to focus on psychological, nutritional and physical rehabilitation of those patients , and to look beyond the traditional ways of losing weights that relay mostly physical exercise and diet control.