Bariatric surgery patients 'can undertake heavy exercise'

11th July 2011

Bariatric surgery patients have been given the go-ahead to undertake a rigorous exercise programme following the procedure.

Previously it was unknown if patients would be able to take part in heavy exercise to help them maintain weight loss, but now a study conducted at UT Southwestern Medical Center has suggested it's appropriate.

Over the course of the 12-week study, it was found that over half of the participants could burn 2,000 calories a week through exercise, with 82 per cent burning as many as 1,500 calories.

"Our study shows that most bariatric surgery patients can perform large amounts of exercise and improve their physical fitness levels," commented Dr Abhimanyu Garg, senior author of the study.

Dr Garg is planning a further study, over a longer period of time, to investigate the impact of exercise on weight regain after weight loss surgery.

Figures from the UK's Department of Health show that over half of UK adults are likely to be overweight or obese by 2050.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1. Meena Shah, Peter G. Snell, Sneha Rao, Beverley Adams-Huet, Claudia Quittner, Edward H. Livingston, Abhimanyu Garg. High-Volume Exercise Program in Obese Bariatric Surgery Patients: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Obesity, 2011

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