Circulating levels of cortisol and beta-endorphin were evaluated in basal condition and following dexamethasone administration in 20 healthy subjects and in 60 subjects suffering from hyperphagic obesity. Moreover, mental tests were administered to these subjects in order to evaluate the affective state. Our data showed that in obese patients B-Ep plasma levels were significantly higher than those of the control group, while cortisol plasma levels were similar in the two groups. Dexamethasone administration decreased cortisol plasma levels in normal and obese subjects, while did not modify B-Ep plasma levels in obese subjects. However, after dexamethasone administration 16.6\% of the obese subjects did not show a complete decrease of cortisol level. This group of subjects obtained the highest scores for depression and hypochondria to MMPI.
[Neuroendocrine changes and affective disorders in patients with hyperphagic obesity] / C., Giovannini; C., Barletta; F., Burla; E., Ciucci; D., Vagiri; Facchinetti, Fabio. - In: RECENTI PROGRESSI IN MEDICINA. - ISSN 0034-1193. - STAMPA. - 81:(1990), pp. 124-127.