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Weight Loss Surgery, with patient Can Help Whole Family

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People who have weight loss surgery aren't alone in slimming down after the procedure -- family members do so, too’, suggests a study published in the Archives of Surgery,

bariatric-weight-lossAccording to small study finding, if you’re obese and live with someone who goes through weight-loss surgery, you, too, may lose a few pounds.

As per the lead author of the study Dr. John Morton “Obesity is really a family disease," and "When you invest in the (weight loss surgery) patient, you not only get benefits for the surgery patient, but for the family as well."
Obesity – a main threat to the health is considered as a leading cause of many chronic diseases. Research suggests that obesity is contagious, yes if you are in constant touch with or hangout with people who are adding pounds; there are fair chances of your putting on pounds.

Bariatric surgeon (weight loss surgeon) John Morton speculate whether the opposite might be true. Could slimming down benefits inspire other people also, at least may have positive effect on family members of gastric bypass surgery patients? To get the answer, John Morton associate professor and director of bariatric surgery and surgical quality at the Stanford University School of Medicine and others did a small study.

The study

They enlisted 35 patients scheduled to undergo the operation. Among them four out of five were women, and their average age was about 43. They had a total of 35 adult family members and 15 children under 18 living in their home. About 60% of spouses and other adult family members who lived in the home (such as parents) were also obese before the surgery, while about 73% of the children were obese.

The patients and their family members attended three educational sessions before the surgery, and several sessions after the surgery that emphasized dietary and lifestyle changes to lose weight. That included advice on following a high-fiber, low-fat and low-sugar diet; information on appropriate portion sizes; and the need to limit alcohol and TV watching while getting enough sleep and sufficient exercise.


After one year, with the patient who underwent bariatric surgery, other obese adult family members of gastric-bypass patients lost about 3.4% of their body weight on average. Their waistlines also shrank, on average, from 47 inches to 44 inches. This was mainly in family where a woman who underwent bariatric surgery.  This suggest that the patient who had the surgery primarily bought and prepared food for the family, was likely a key factor in weight loss among family members.

 Adult family members who weren’t obese didn’t lose a significant amount of weight.|

 As for obese kids, researchers said their body mass indexes were lower than would have been predicted by their previous weight gain. Those kids were also more likely to be on a diet a year after a parent had the surgery.

 Family members also reported getting more exercise, drinking less alcohol (from about 11 drinks to 1 drink per month), and experiencing less "uncontrollable eating" or "emotional eating," according to the study.
Regardless of whether they were overweight, family members of bypass-surgery patients reported being more active after the surgery.

Expert’s opinion

Morton said that losing weight by other means than bariatric surgery could show similar a impact on family members. "What makes bariatric surgery unique is the results are so dramatic and so consistent and that reverberates through the family," he said. "When they see the terrific changes in terms of health, that gives them hope."
Though an 8-pound weight loss is better than nothing, Dr. Mitchell Roslin, chief of obesity surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said the weight loss -- the equivalent of about 3% of body weight of the obese adults -- was "nominal."
"You'd rather these people lose 8 pounds in a year than gain it, but as a treatment modality, it's not going to be overly successful," Roslin said

 “Even modest weight loss can engender a lot of health benefits,” added Morton.

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  • Comment Link ROSEMARY SHEARER Saturday, 12 November 2011 18:30 posted by ROSEMARY SHEARER

    True health care supports/teaches ways to learn healthier strategies without surgery

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