Weight-loss surgery 'improves health and social life'

20 August 2012

People who undergo weight-loss surgery experience improvements in both their health and their social life, according to scientists.

Research from Arizona State University found that individuals who undergo bariatric surgery to treat obesity see an overall improvement in the quality of life following the procedure.

Study co-author Jennie Jacobs noted: "We thought there would be more negative reactions to the surgery, but the response was very positive.

"Most people had improvements in chronic health problems."

Respondents reported that weight loss surgery improved conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol levels and sleep apnea, and also improved their mobility.

The procedure had a positive impact on their relationships with friends and family as well, and a decrease in depression was also reported after the surgery.

Co-author Doris A Palmer said: "This provides evidence that overcoming the stigma of being overweight, as reflected by negative reactions of others, can lead to greater satisfaction among relationships with family and friends, and in social life in general."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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