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Big Weight Loss Linked to Relationship Changes

Weight-loss surgery may bring problems to your love life, new study says.

Weight Loss Couple

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

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Side Effects from This Weight Loss Method

Although the majority of individuals who have a type of weight loss surgery say their overall health has gotten better, a large number of side effects and visits to the hospital are reported as well, says a new study.

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Side effects from one weight loss surgery include stomach pain and fatigue, says study authors. Photo by Massey Medical

Gastric bypass is a surgery that helps you lose weight by altering the way your stomach and small intestines handle food according the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Your stomach will be smaller after surgery and you will feel full with less food. You still have to eat right and be physical after surgery to stay healthy and keep the weight off so keep that in mind.

Over 1,400 individuals completed surveys who underwent gastric bypass surgery in Denmark between the years of 2006 and 2011. It showed that only 7 percent revealed decreased health after they underwent the surgery but a shocking 89 percent experienced side effects. About 5 years after surgery, side effects such as fatigue and stomach pain were reported while 29 percent were hospitalized.

About 70 percent of the patients sought medical care for their problems and the most common rationale for seeking medical attention was fatigue (34 percent), abdominal pain (34 percent), anemia (28 percent), and gallstones (16 percent), say authors.

Women, those under the age of 35, smokers and the unemployed were those most likely to have side effects after surgery. Patients who also had the most symptoms had an overall lower quality of life which could lead to depression.

Health care providers should focus on quality of life between patients who are having several symptoms to help them prevent depression. “Focus on the [quality of life] among patients with many symptoms may be required since such patients are at risk of depression. Development of new weight-loss treatments with less risk of subsequent symptoms should be a high priority,” study leader Dr. Sigrid Bjerge Gribsholt, from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues wrote.

There are already new alternatives to weight loss surgery being developed such as the balloon pill and other devices that aid fat loss. Technology is always advancing so there will be more developments to come to help individuals lose weight fast.

Weight loss can be difficult for anyone especially if you are morbidly obese so gastric bypass surgery may be a better option for you. Diet and exercise is most important so consulting with your physician about a plan to lose weight should be a priority.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight and stay fit, talk with your doctor today about a weight loss plan that is right for you.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Gribsholt SB, Pedersen AM, Svensson E, Thomsen RW, Richelsen B. Prevalence of Self-reported Symptoms After Gastric Bypass Surgery for Obesity. JAMA Surg. 2016.