Eating Behavior Or Eating Pathology: Does This Influence A Pattern Of Weight Loss After Surgery?
Another interesting study (The Influence of Eating Behavior and Eating Pathology on Weight Loss After Gastric Restriction Operations, Obesity Surgery, Pg. 684; Volume 15, 2005, Ramona Burgner and Colleagues) examined whether abnormal eating behaviors including binge eating, grazing, bulimia, sweet eating and loss of control/over-eating, were all examined. In this European study that included patients undergoing banding type restrictive surgery, pre-surgical eating behavior disorders were not predictive of weight loss results. Interestingly, abnormal eating behaviors after surgery were predictive of results to some degree.
What this means is yet another study provides evidence that even very detailed, rigorous and scientific assessments of eating behaviors and abnormalities prior to weight loss surgery fail to offer meaningful predictions of the degree of success after weight loss surgery. In fact, as in other studies, all of the patients with eating disorders and eating behavior problems still lose weight and succeed with weight loss surgery. The weight loss surgery results are even more strikingly successful when one considers how unsuccessful non-surgical weight loss programs have been for these patients.