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Weight-loss Surgery ups Quality of Life

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 01:35 PM

People who have bariatric surgery to treat obesity experience more than mere weight loss. New research shows most report a significant overall boost in quality-of-life issues after surgery – from improved relationships to improvement in medical conditions.
The study, presented by Arizona State University researchers a meeting of the American Sociological Association this week, is based on analysis of 213 patients – aged 26 to 73 years old – who participated in an online support group. Weight loss among the participants averaged 95 pounds per person but ranged up to 260 pounds.
The results showed patients reported improvements in such health issues as diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol level, and sleep apnea. They also cited increased mobility, a decrease in depression and better relationships with family and friends.
"We thought there would be more negative reactions to the surgery, but the response was very positive," said study co-author Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, with the ASU School of Social and Family Dynamics. "Most people had improvements in chronic health problems."
More than one-third of American adults are classified as obese. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, about 220,000 people underwent bariatric surgery in 2009, up from about 13,300 procedures in 1998.
"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," said Doris A. Palmer, an ASU researcher.

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