Bariatric surgery is the most effective medical treatment for short and long term weight loss1 but should only be carried out once psychosocial interventions* in combination with diet and exercise changes are attempted 2. Body image (BI) dissatisfaction is cited as a key reason people seek weight loss (WL) treatment3. No systematic reviews to date have compared the impact of surgical and psychological interventions on BI, despite bariatric surgery patients losing, on average, a quarter of their initial body weight in 12 months 4, more than twice as much as those receiving psychosocial interventions5.
Hamlet, C., Williamson, H., Moss, T., & Meyrick, J. (2016, June). The effect of psychosocial versus surgical weight loss interventions on body image: A systematic review. Poster presented at Appearance Matters 7 Conference