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Title: Ghost fat : altered female body perception after bariatric surgery.
Authors: Souza, André Luiz Lacerda
Souza, Perciliany Martins de
Mota, Bruna Eugênia Ferreira
Xavier, Christian Luiz Ferreira
Santiago, Fernando Gusmão
Oliveira, Juliano Silva
Borges, Samir Almeida
Bearzoti, Eduardo
Gama, Eliane Florencio
Souza, Gabriela Guerra Leal de
Keywords: Attitudinal body image
Body weight
Dimensional body image
Issue Date: 2023
Citation: SOUZA, A. L. L. et al. Ghost fat: altered female body perception after bariatric surgery. Perceptual and Motor Skills, v. 130, n. 1, p. 301–316, 2023. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 06 jul. 2023.
Abstract: Body perception is an individual’s ability to recognize their body in attitudinal and/or dimensional aspects. We investigated women’s body perceptions before and after bariatric surgery. Participants were 31 women (M age = 36.23, SD = 7.95 years old) with an average pre-operative body mass index of 44.58 (SD = 4.65) kg/m2 . We collected anthropometric and body perception measures (attitudinal body image [ABI] and dimensional body image [DBI]) before bariatric surgery and 30, 60, 90, and 120 days after it. There was an average decrease of 21.09% in participants’ body weight over the 120 days. Regarding ABI, 51.61% of participants had high body dissatisfaction before surgery, and this proportion of dissatisfied participants decreased to 3.23% 120 days after surgery. We observed no statistically significant differences in DBI perceptions. Fast weight loss caused by bariatric surgery appeared to generate a perception of ghost fat. Somatosensory interventions and/or a longer follow-up are needed to alter this persistent distortion of body dimensions.
ISSN: 1558-688X
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