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Compulsivity Does Not Disappear With Weight Loss Surgery

Note…(2007) Binge eating, older age, and a taste for sweets are associated with a poor outcome after laparoscopic gastric-band surgery, Ralph Peterli, MD, a surgeon at St. Claraspital, in Basel, Switzerland, reported at the 24th annual meeting of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.


This following article was written by Guest Contributor, Carol Signore, MAT, MFT, FAED, Executive Director of My Self Design:  Aftercare for Weight Loss Surgery (, Chair, Bariatric Surgery SIG: Academy For Eating Disorders.


Recently a person who was scheduled for bariatric surgery asked me a powerful and interesting question. “What will life be like without compulsive overeating?”  Her name was Lucy.  She told me that that most bariatric surgery patients she saw at her doctor’s support group had been compulsive overeaters for much of their lives.  She felt she had been one herself and thought that her “compulsivity” might be hard to give up. She thought her own compulsivity might even have served an important function for her in some way.  As excited as she was about her upcoming surgery she was genuinely concerned about what her life would be like without overeating and wondered where all that compulsivity would go.  What a great question! 

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I have worked in the Wellness Field for 30 years. I created an Emotional Eating & Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program way before most people knew BED was an eating disorder, NOT a “willpower” issue. Personally, I suffered for years before finding answers and the help I needed and deserved! I became a Coach in 1997 to help others who were still suffering as I had. I love being a Coach!


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