Weight-loss surgery may bring problems to your love life, new study says.
Weight loss surgery may bring big relationship changes, study. Photo by 10thousandcouples
A new Swedish study showed that major weight loss after bariatric surgery was linked to more divorces. The other study found that singles were more likely to form new relationships or marry after a weight-loss operation.
“Those of us who take care of bariatric surgery patients notice that many patients experience a pretty profound change in their lives,” said Dr. Luke Funk, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
“Their significant weight loss and improvements in other health problems — like high blood pressure and diabetes — cause changes in both their physical and mental well-being,” added Funk, co-author of an editorial published with the study.
“They often take up new hobbies, become much more physically active, and feel much more confident about themselves. They also tend to have an improved self-image. I think this leads many to re-examine their relationships with others,” said Funk.
I think that since people who are overweight tend to have low self-esteem, they stay in relationships to find comfort and believe that they cannot do any better. Then when they lose weight, they look and feel better so he or she gains confidence in beginning a new relationship.
Researchers say the effects of behavior go from improved quality of life on one hand to increased risk of substance abuse on the other. This means that some will be happy and continue living a healthy life while others will become depressed and result to drug use.
One study analyzed the relationship background of 2,000 obese Swedes who had weight-loss surgery over 10 years. They were compared to about 2,000 patients who did not have an operation.
The other study looked at data of nearly 30,000 patients who had gastric bypass surgery and compared them to 280,000 people in the general public.
The researchers found that bariatric surgery was linked to increased odds for separation or divorce for those in a prior relationship, especially for the ones who lost the most weight.
Among those who had been unattached, significant weight loss was linked with higher odds for a new relationship or marriage.
I understand there are several factors why a relationship might not work but I would have never thought weight loss would be one of them.
Study author Per-Arne Svensson said, “In solid partner relationships, weight loss after bariatric surgery is probably not an issue, and in many cases the relationships can even be strengthened.
“However, in partner relationships that are somewhat unstable or nonfunctional, weight loss may increase the risk of partner separation,” he noted.
I would think that relationships would strengthen after weight loss but maybe the partners do not seem connected as they once were. Patients probably see a new outlook on life and want to begin a new relationship. This study only gives limited insight as to why couples separate after bariatric surgery but Funk noted that many patients have told him bariatric surgery was the best thing they have ever done.
Although a person may experience relationship changes after weight loss, at least they are much healthier and can have a new outlook on life.
This study was published online March 28 in JAMA Surgery.
Source: Per-Arne Svensson, Ph.D., associate professor, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; Luke M. Funk, M.D., MPH, assistant professor, surgery, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison; March 28, 2018,JAMA Surgery, online
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