Beyond the health benefits of losing weight

Story Highlights

  • The improvement in quality of life following weight-loss is arguably the most important outcome after weight-reduction procedure
  • Improvements in general wellbeing, health‐related problems, depression, perceived attractiveness and self‐worth are some of the elements that can be improved following weight-loss procedures 

You hear a lot about the health benefits of losing weight - improvements in conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and asthma - but another major plus that doesn’t seem to garner as much attention is the positive effect that weight-loss with Gastric Banding can have on quality of life.

In fact, from the perspective of people trying to lose weight, quality of life is arguably the most important outcome measure after a weight‐reduction procedure!

What does quality of life really mean?

For most people it’s all about being more active physically and socially and feeling more confident. For others it’s about being able to go to work every day and not be exhausted by the end of the day; and for some it’s feeling comfortable enough with their body to enjoy intimacy with their partner.

In the first year after Gastric Banding, in tandem with major weight-loss, people report improvements in general wellbeing, health‐related problems, depression, perceived attractiveness and self‐worth. Not only do people who are already physically active often take up another sport, but also those who live sedentary lives experience dramatic increases in their ability to participate in physical activities. 

So why wait?

Use the clinic finder here,  and contact a surgeon in your area who can help you decide if a Gastric Banding Procedure is right for you. 

 

Maria Popov

Practice Nurse

Contents of this article are author’s own views and experience. Comments on this article should be made directly to the author.