Can Bariatric Surgery Address Binge-Eating Concerns?

People who suffer from eating disorders that cause them to put on dramatic amounts of weight may turn to bariatric surgery as a solution. While weight loss surgery can address one facet of a patient’s concerns, many experts agree that more needs to be done to adequately confront eating disorders that may have contributed to obesity in the first place. For example, bariatric surgery by its design may help people resist the urge to binge eat since a smaller stomach capacity may make doing so painful. Surgery, however, will not and cannot on its own address the underlying psychological issues that promote binge-eating behavior.

Since binge-eating and obesity may go hand-in-hand, some weight-loss experts recommend patients with both concerns take a multi-pronged approach. One prong may very well involve the use of bariatric surgery to help patients shed pounds and slim down to a healthier, safer weight. The other, however, must focus on the support necessary to assist patients in confronting the binge-eating behavior, its triggers and methods for overcoming the urge to overeat.

Bariatric surgery on its own can help patients address weight-loss concerns, but it is not a cure all for underlying conditions that promoted weight gain in the first place. With that in mind, it is not entirely out of the question for bariatric surgeons to insist that their patients undergo counseling before surgery. In some cases, practices may have in-house counseling to assist patients in laying the groundwork for long-term success. Post-surgical support groups, counseling and other forms of help may also be available and strongly advised.

Bariatric surgery can help people who are obese lose weight effectively, but it is not a cure for underlying problems. If an eating disorder is at the root of weight-related concerns, it is strongly recommended that patients take a multi-faceted approach. To find out more about eating disorders and weight loss surgery, speak to a qualified healthcare provider.

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