Body image after sleeve gastrectomy: reduced dissatisfaction and increased dynamics
Obesity Surgery, 06/15/2012
Teufel M et al. – Body image improves after LSG. This improvement might reflect changes to patients’ attitudes, beliefs, and thoughts rather than real weight lost. Further studies should investigate the factors that mediate improvement of body image after bariatric surgery.Methods
- Of 70 consecutive patients who planned to undergo LSG at a comprehensive obesity center, 62 patients were included in the study and evaluated before surgery.
- Their mean body mass index (BMI) was 51.3 kg/m2 and the patients’ mean age before surgery was 43.8 years.
- One–year follow–up data were obtained for 51 patients (82.3 %).
- Body image was assessed using the body image questionnaire (BIQ–20), and depression was assessed using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ–9).
- Patients reported poor body image before surgery.
- One year after LSG, negative evaluations of the body and perceptions of body dynamics and vitality had markedly improved, without reaching healthy levels.
- No correlations between body image and weight–related parameters (BMI, percentage of excess weight loss) or mood after 1 year were found.