Married people 'find it harder to lose weight after surgery'

27 January 2016

A new study has indicated that being married may actually make it more difficult for weight loss surgery patients to maintain their slimmer figure.

The Ohio State University research reviewed 13 studies on weight-loss surgery and found that, in some cases, married patients lost less weight than their single peers, while couples' relationships sometimes deteriorated post-surgery.

One study, which looked at 180 gastric bypass patients, showed that married surgical patients were 2.6 times more likely to fail to reach their weight goal a year after surgery, rising to a factor of 2.7 in another similar study.

It was observed that these trends could be due to the fact that family members are not always ready for the impact that the shifting behaviours and routines that follow such surgical procedures can have.

Study leader Megan Ferriby, a graduate student in human sciences at Ohio State University, said: "Food is so central to family routines and celebrations and when you undergo a surgery that so vastly impacts your ability to eat as you did before, family members take notice."

As such, it was recommended that this study should lead to family members being more involved in the conversations taking place before and after weight loss surgery.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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