There is now great evidence to link support structures post Bariatric surgery (i.e. support group) to success rates with excess weight and weight-loss maintenance.
ONE SUCH AMERICAN RESEARCH FROM 2004 STATES:
- “…group therapy and support focus on helping patients make lasting lifestyle adjustments. This includes changing eating habits, learning more about diet and exercise, and following nutritional regimen… group therapy is an excellent venue to allow patients to share successes and failures.”
- “Group therapy provides the needed bridge between the worlds of “self” and “others”… It provides a sense of community and support.”
- “There is strong evidence to suggest that a social structure, such as a support group, provides meaningful support, encourages the expression of relevant emotions, and buffers patients from stress. It has the potential to impact positively on adjustment to the surgery. Hildebrandt noted that patients who receive group therapy as an adjunct to their Bariatric surgical regimen lost greater amounts of weight than their counterparts who did not regularly attend support groups.”
- “As patients progress through the group process, they develop a new sense of self.”
ANOTHER RESEARCH FROM 2008 DETERMINES:
- “Support group meeting attendance is associated with better weight loss.”