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Gastric bypass surgery can improve psychiatric behaviours

Bariatric surgery can results in improvements in patients’ psychiatric behaviours such as eating behaviours, mood disorders and body image, although the mechanism as to why is not clear, according to a study by Portuguese researchers. Published in the Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo), the paper ‘A psychiatric perspective view of bariatric surgery patients’, states that despite these improvements clinicians should be aware that a risk of suicide and substance abuse (especially alcohol) after gastric bypass surgery remain in some patients.

Study exposes surgical body image expectations

Female bariatric patients experience body image dissatisfaction in their postoperative body shape following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), according to a study 'Body shape expectations and self-ideal body shape discrepancy in women seeking bariatric surgery: a cross-sectional study', published in BMC Obesity. In addition, the authors report that many patients actually underestimate their actual body size.

Improved body image and sex drive after bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery not only results in years of sustained weight loss but improves body image and increased sexual satisfaction, according to a study, Changes in Sexual Functioning and Sex Hormone Levels in Women Following Bariatric Surgery, published in JAMA Surgery.

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