Chance for Weight Loss Success Greater When Goal Tied to Positive Life Event

Research by bariatric surgeon Dr. Samuel Bledsoe offers new insight into preoperative psychological factors and weight loss success.

New research is revealing a strong correlation between weight loss success after bariatric surgery and choosing a goal weight that is associated with a significant event in the patient’s past.

Dr. Samuel Bledsoe’s research is the result of a 10-year review of bariatric surgery literature that identified dozens of preoperative psychological factors in patients that play a role in predicting weight loss success after bariatric surgery. These factors were then cross-referenced to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) consensus statements. Dr. Bledsoe’s patients were then screened based on all identified potential preoperative factors. The results of over 150 patients were analyzed retrospectively and validated with a smaller group prospectively.

Also taking part in the study were Dr. Vincent Escandell, who performed the preoperative psychological evaluations and was the principal investigator, and Dr. Richard Elder, who handled the statistical analysis.

“Our research suggests that being able to attach your goal weight to a significant life event was highly predictive for successful weight loss surgery,” says Dr. Bledsoe. “This was an unexpected but significant finding. If we can get more patients to make their goal ‘what I weighed when I got married’ or ‘what I weighed when I graduated from college,’ we may be able to achieve additional weight loss and increased success with bariatric surgery.”

Dr. Bledsoe’s research has been accepted for presentation at this year’s ObesityWeek Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The world’s largest scientific and educational conference about obesity is being held November 2-7 at the Boston Convention & Exhibit Center.

Conference participants can benefit from a comprehensive agenda of more than 100 sessions from both The Obesity Society and the ASMBS, including abstract presentations, partner symposia, educational courses, video sessions, and much more. The courses, symposia, and keynote speakers at ObesityWeek will focus on the science, treatment and prevention of obesity.

This year’s conference is the 2nd annual collaborative event to address this chronic and often complicated disease that has taken center stage in the public health discussion.

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