Weight loss surgery has quickly become a popular treatment for obesity. It is saving lives and giving people the opportunity to fight health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and so many more. It truly is an incredible experience to be able to transform through bariatric surgery. There are so many amazing benefits from the surgery, but one thing people often forget is that it is just a tool. It can be easy to assume that bariatric surgery will fix everything when it comes to obesity, but this is not the case. Bariatric surgery helps jump start the journey, but it does not cure the underlying reason of obesity for many people: food addiction.
Food addiction is real. Many people turn to bariatric surgery because they have a food addiction. I was one of those people. I never realized how much food consumed my life until I couldn’t have it in the same way anymore after weight loss surgery. As a bariatric patient, it is crucial that you watch out for other addictive habits after weight loss surgery. Since your body can no longer consume food in the same way, there is a chance you could swap this addiction for another. Let’s explore that a little further.
Weight loss surgery comes with a lot of changes, both physically and emotionally. It can be challenging to deal with all of the emotions that come with drastic weight loss, specifically though bariatric surgery. As a wls patient, it is critical that you have a support system to help you through these changes. Therapy can be a wonderful tool to use as a part of your support system.
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