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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Combating Psychological Distress and Obesity

How often do you look in the mirror and beat yourself up over your weight? Do you feel uncomfortable in your own skin? Well, you may be suffering from some psychological distress that stems from your weight and you are not the only one. In fact, obese individuals are 25% more likely to suffer from a mood disorder, like depression, compared to those who are not obese according to Everyday Health. While we all want to love our bodies, sometimes we might feel like we can't because it's hard to get in the right mindset.

The unfortunate reality is that we live in a culture that praises slim and toned bodies while shaming others who are obese and overweight. This harsh reality can be difficult to overcome, especially if you have been struggling with your weight your entire life. It is quite possible that you have tried everything in your power to get your weight under control, whether that was through diet, exercise or medication, but when it doesn't produce your desired results, it can make you feel defeated and depressed.

You may question why this happens - according to Harvard Health, over 400 different genes contribute to the development of weight and many affect metabolism rates, body-fat distribution and the feeling of fullness. This means that the struggle with your weight isn't necessarily due to diet, it can be due to genetics and that's one thing that no one can control.

While we all know obesity can cause adverse health problems, pairing that with the psychological toll doesn't make it any easier to overcome the problem. In fact, overweight people tend to have less energy than their normal weight peers and that makes it much harder for them get active. It ends up becoming a vicious circle where an obese person has a greater risk of gaining even more weight and that increases the chances that they are less likely to become more active.

So how can an overweight person battle their psychological distresses and obesity if all attempts to lose weight has failed? When all options seem like they have disappeared, they may be able to turn to bariatric surgery, which can change their life drastically for the better.

Bariatric Surgery By The Numbers
Bariatric surgery has progressed greatly since it was first put in practice and as medical technology improved, so did the procedure. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), approximately 16,000 procedures occurred annually in the early 90s. Fast-forward to procedure numbers in 2008 and an estimated 220,000 people underwent the surgery. Additionally, laparoscopic bariatric operations increased over 20% in 2003 to more than 90% in 2008. Plus, the in-hospital mortality rate decreased to a nominal 0.10% according to a study from the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Opting for the procedure may give an obese individual numerous health and psychological benefits. For instance, the ASMBS cites that bariatric patients have a 60% reduced risk of cancer mortality, death associated with diabetes is reduced by more than 90% and mortality from heart disease declines by more than 50%. The surgery decreases the size of the stomach, which results in the patient feeling full much quicker and reduces the amount of food intake. After the surgery, the stomach will only hold roughly one cup of food in contrast to a normal stomach holding 4 to 6 cups of food. This, of course, cuts down the amount of calories an individual takes in and results fast weight loss.

However, depending on the specific weight loss surgery, food capacity can vary as there are three different procedures: lap band surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery. But, whichever bariatric surgery in Oklahoma that's performed at Summit Med Center, patients will immediately be put on the road to weight loss! Additionally, a bariatric patient may lose 30% to 50% of their extra weight within 6 months and maintaining a healthy diet with a proper exercise routine will allow them to continue to lose weight.

Once a bariatric patient begins to see results, they may also start to experience improved psychological well-being. Referring back to a study from Everyday Health, they found that patients who underwent surgery had 'an accompanying 18% reduction in their symptoms of depression and noted that younger patients, women and those who experienced greater weight loss were more likely to feel less depressed.' Additionally, they suggested that both, the procedure and visits with a psychologist, might be the best approach to combat the psychological distress associated with their obesity.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right For You?
The US National Institutes of Health only recommends bariatric surgery for obese people who have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 or of at least 30 with an existing obesity-related medical condition like diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, severe arthritis or others. Your doctor will be able to determine your eligibility as each individual case is different and specific for the person who is considering the procedure.

If you think bariatric surgery in Oklahoma is right for you and you would like to learn more about the procedure, talk with the professionals at Summit Med Center today to go over your options!

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