Study shows common mental health issues in young obesity surgery patients

13 September 2016

A new study has shed light on the growing need for greater attention to be paid to the mental health of young obesity surgery patients.

Carried out by Lund University in Sweden, the research aimed to assess the mental health of 88 Swedish adolescents who had undergone obesity surgery, with these individuals having a former average body mass index of 45.

Assessing their psychological wellbeing before surgery, four months after, and again another two years after surgery, it was found that patients generally saw a spike in their positive outlook immediately after surgery, but this did not always last.

Indeed, after two years 14 per cent experienced suicidal thoughts and 13 per cent reported symptoms of major depression, with those with the worst mental health before the surgery most likely to continue to suffer.

As such, the team recommended that adolescents who undergo obesity surgery be screened in terms of their state of mental health.

Study leader and psychologist Kajsa Jarvholm said: "It is extremely important that the focus of healthcare providers is not limited to their patients' physical wellbeing."

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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