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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 (www.myselfdesign.com), 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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  1. […] Desperate to lose weight…Many people I speak with say they thought learning they were pre-diabetic would do the trick. But even that didn’t stop the emotional eating. The most dramatic example I can share came from a conversation I had with a nurse coordinator of a Weight Loss Surgery Program in Cincinnati. This nurse told me she was seeing a disturbing trend…some people (enough to take note) were evaluated, turned away because they were not fat enough to qualify for surgery, and then decided to go home and gain more weight so they could qualify. I have since heard similar stories from others who work in the weight loss surgery field. Even weight loss surgery will not stop compulsive behavior, like emotional eating (read more about surgery and compulsivity here). […]

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