Bariatric surgery puts spark back into relationships

3 June 2015

Research, published in the journal Obesity Surgery, has shown that weight loss surgery can improve the intimacy of relationships for patients.

Lead author Dr Mary Lisa Pories from East Carolina University said it is all part of a journey that brings partners closer together, as well as improving the person's health.

Bariatric surgery is the most effective way to tackle morbid obesity, resulting in substantial weight loss and reducing other health-related conditions. Dr Pories' study is the first to look at obesity's impact on relationships since 2000.

Along with her team, she interviewed ten couples about the effects of the weight loss surgery that one of the partners had undergone. All of the patients and their significant others viewed the surgery, and subsequent adjustments that needed to be made, as part of a team effort. 

All participants described ways that their partner had supported and helped the patients care for themselves, including assistance with staying on track with the new routine.

The couple also highlighted that patients had more energy, and needed to adjust to new eating habits, as well as having more positive moods and better self-esteem. 

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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