Associations of Bariatric Surgery with Changes in Interpersonal Relationship Status: Results From 2 Swedish Cohort Studies finds it bariatric surgery is associated with both increased incidence of divorce/separation and marriage/new relationship. The study had 2,010 participants, and a matched (obesity) control group. The surgery group had twice the incidence of marriage/new relationship after surgery compared with controls. Those with the best outcome from surgery had a higher incidence of marriage/new relationship outcomes. After four years, the cumulative incidence of divorce/separation was almost twice as high for the surgery group as for the control group. The authors theorize that the incidence
From BariatricNews.net, Mental health does not affect weight loss after bariatric surgery, posted on 5-2-17. This article reviews a study that found good outcomes for weight loss for bariatric patients with mental illness, for a population that had psychological screening prior to surgery, results support the benefits of psychological screening.
Three recent articles about weight loss and bariatric surgery provide an update for psychologists and therapists who work with people struggling with excessive weight and making behavioral changes to reduce their health risk factors.
“Skinny and 119 Pounds, But with the Health Hallmarks of Obesity” was published by the New York Times on 7-21-16. This article reports on body of research about metabolic disorders suffered by obese people, and even if you very rare non-obese people. There is a 40-year history of research in this area, but researchers recently achieved a breakthrough by studying very rare people who are actually underweight, but have severe diseases caused by excess fat in some of their organs.
US News and World Report published “Should You Undergo a Mental Health Evaluation for Obesity? – mounting evidence shows a link between the mind and body weight” on 7-14-16. This thorough article reviews several potential ways that mental health problems can create barriers to weight loss, including low energy, discouragement/pessimism, and cravings for high calorie foods. It is a good review of these concepts for health care providers and also could be provided to patients with excessive weight who might benefit from adjunctive mental health services.