University of Connecticut Researchers Look at Bariatric Surgery as Study Examines Food and Activity Preferences

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Weight loss surgery has been gaining popularity in recent years, and is a healthy option for certain people who have been persistently unsuccessful at losing weight.  Bariatric surgeries, which reduce the stomach size, are often highly effective and have become increasingly common over the past several decades.  For patients thinking about the surgery or waiting to undergo the process, assessing food behaviors and habits before the surgery might help the success of weight loss post-surgery. At the University of Connecticut, Valerie Duffy, professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences (AHS) and registered dietitian (RD), and her team received funding from UConn’s InCHIP seed grant competition. They compiled a study to understand food and activity preferences of patients considering surgery and one year after the surgery.

The survey was able to obtain results about people with poor diet behaviors. What it found that was often people overeat for many reasons: boredom, anxiety, depression, etc. And while surgery helps the patients by restricting their stomach size, it’s still essential that patients change behavior because there’s plenty of more work to be done post-surgery. Patients must learn how to restrict unhealthy foods, as well as change their diet to find nutritious foods to incorporate. The results from this survey can be used to map out a success plan to maintain long-term weight lost and maintenance post-surgery.

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