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Psychological Aspects of Bariatric Surgery as a Treatment for Obesity

Jumbe, Sandra; Hamlet, Claire; Meyrick, Jane


Sandra Jumbe

Claire Hamlet
Occasional Associate Lecturer - HAS HSS

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Jane Meyrick
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology


PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Little is known about the psychological effects on life after bariatric surgery despite the high prevalence of psychological disorders in candidates seeking this procedure. Our review discusses the literature around the psychological impact of bariatric surgery, exploring whether the procedure addresses underlying psychological conditions that can lead to morbid obesity and the effect on eating behaviour postoperatively.RECENT FINDINGS: Findings show that despite undisputed significant weight loss and improvements in comorbidities, current literature suggests some persisting disorder in psychological outcomes like depression and body image for patients at longer term follow-up, compared to control groups. Lack of postoperative psychological monitoring and theoretical mapping limits our understanding of reasons behind these findings. Reframing bariatric approaches to morbid obesity to incorporate psychological experience postoperatively would facilitate understanding of psychological aspects of bariatric surgery and how this surgical treatment maps onto the disease trajectory of obesity.


Jumbe, S., Hamlet, C., & Meyrick, J. (2017). Psychological Aspects of Bariatric Surgery as a Treatment for Obesity. Current Obesity Reports, 6(1), 71-78.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Nov 29, 2016
Online Publication Date Feb 27, 2017
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2017
Journal Current obesity reports
Electronic ISSN 2162-4968
Publisher Springer (part of Springer Nature)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 71-78
Keywords bariatric surgery, psychological health, postoperative outcomes, obesity
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