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New Research Uncovers Psychological Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

News | Adelaide Bariatric Centre

21 May 2015 9:18 AM

Body Mine Spirit Stones

New research out of Spain’s National University of Distance Education reveals that apart from the obvious physical benefits of undergoing weight loss surgery, there are actually many psychological benefits of undergoing bariatric procedures.

Extensive Meta-Analysis

The study, Mental and Physical Health Related Quality of Life in Obese Patients Before and After Bariatric Surgery, authored by Dr Alejandro Magalleres involved in-depth analysis of 21 previous scientific studies that analysed the correlation between happiness and weight loss.

The results published in the journal Psychology, Health and Medicine revealed that obese patients scored less in both the mental health and physical health sections of the SF-36 (Short Form Health Survey) prior to undergoing weight loss surgery.

By analysing this extensive pool of data Dr Magalleres and his team were able to garner insight into the experiences of more than 2,600 obese subjects and 2,200 subjects who were obese and underwent the surgery for weight loss.

Unequivocal Improvements in Life Quality

It was seen throughout all these studies that the quality of life - both physical and mental - increased post bariatric surgery.

"An increase was found in quality of life related to both psychological and physical aspects after surgical intervention", said Dr Magalleres. "Both physical and psychological health improve after the operation, and that increase in quality of life is especially significant in the the physical area."

According to the authors, this study comprises the most complete information on the quality of life related to health in obese people before and after bariatric surgery.

Weight loss procedures cause dramatic changes in the size and form of the stomach, which can cause complications such as diarrhea, constipation and vomiting. Despite these short term drawbacks, the positive effects according to Dr Magalleres speak for themselves.