Bariatric surgery- when help is needed

I’ve spent almost two years working in a weight loss clinic that specialises in bariatric surgeries: sleeve, bypass and, occasionally, band. I’ve seen hundreds of patients at all stages of their journey.

What I heard very often was that their head was not catching up with their body. Yes, they’ve lost a lot of weight, they could see a lot of benefits of the surgery (mostly better health and mobility), however a lot of them would still feel “fat”.
“Yeah, it stopped you eating too much, and that’s what I’m now right into working – I’m still battling – my mindset never went away with the operation [Agreement] … It’s still there –that’s what I found – the same psychology’s still in my head. … it’s not working for me, and I’m thinking, ‘Geez, that whole mindset is still there and it never went away.’1

Obesity is a very complex subject and in contrary to common beliefs, it’s almost impossible to lose weight with traditional ‘diet and exercise’ approach. Sorry, I should have said, lose- yes, but not maintain it. I believe it’s only achieved by 5% of people?

A lot of people don’t understand that it’s important to see how we’ve got here in the first place. How did I develop my relationship with food? Did my parents make me eat everything on the plate? How do I use food now? Is it my comfort, my safe space?

We need to understand where we are coming from to address our habits and to be able to develop sustainable changes. Emotional eating became “a thing” for a reason…

Don’t try to stay strong, if you are struggling – seek help. That’s what we are here for 😊

  1. Jose, K. (2017). “Understanding the gendered nature of weight loss surgery: insights from an Australian qualitative study”. HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW VOL. 26, NO. 2, 113–127

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