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Strong association between obesity and chronic diarrhoea

In the most comprehensive analysis of the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and bowel habits to date, published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, a team of physician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found a strong association between obesity and chronic diarrhoea independent of an individual's dietary, lifestyle, psychological factors or medical conditions. The findings could have important implications for how physicians might approach and treat symptoms of diarrhoea in patients with obesity.

Living with Surgery - Managing your mind and your weight

In April 2017, Dr Denise Ratcliffe, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Phoenix Health, UK and previously at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, UK released her new self-help book: ‘Living with Bariatric Surgery - Managing your mind and your weight’, to help those who are considering bariatric surgery develop the psychological tools to make the necessary changes and adjustments for surgery to be successful.

Fat shaming can be mentally and physically harmful

Medical discrimination based on people's size and negative stereotypes of overweight people can take a toll on people's physical health and well-being, according to a review of recent research presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Surgical patients may have different psychological profiles

The researchers from the Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany, published in PlosOne, have concluded that psychological factors are independent of somatic conditions in surgical patients compared to obese patients who prefer conservative treatment.

Psychological factors impact on post-surgical weight loss

Depression is common among individuals selected to undergo bariatric surgery and psychological assessment can be valuable in recognising patients who may not benefit optimally from bariatric surgery, according to two papers presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society 21-23 January, in Newcastle, UK.

Internalised weight bias influences surgery success

Negative feelings about one's own weight, known as internalized weight bias, can influence the success people have after undergoing bariatric surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery. The study, from the Geisinger Health System in the US, is thought to be the only study to examine internalised weight bias in relation to post-surgical weight loss success in adults.

Journal Watch - 15/11/12

This week: new attempts at Roux-en-Y modification, searching for the mechanism behind improved blood pressure post-surgery, psychological effects before and after surgery, and more.

Surgery and the redevelopment of eating disorders

Research points towards bariatric surgery leading to the redevelopment of existing eating disorders.

Surgeons need to look at bariatric patients’ psychological factors

The psychological condition of a bariatric patient can be an important indicator of the success of his treatment, according to a psychiatric specialist.

Dr Tom Stevens, consultant general adult and liaison psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, said that psychiatric professionals can help establish whether a patient is psychologically able to cope with the demands of bariatric surgery.

Pre-surgical depression does not affect weightloss post-surgery

According to a study of more than 25,000 patients entitled, ‘Prevalence of psychiatric disease among morbidly obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery: Results from the Michigan bariatric surgery collaborative’, depression and anxiety do not seem to interfere with the amount of weight loss or the improvement of obesity-related conditions after bariatric surgery. 

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