Eating and exercise behavior after bariatric surgery: A pilot study

Martha von C. Dunn (2006)

Significant weight loss occurs during the first postoperative year occurs for a significant majority of bariatric surgery patients. However, studies show that up to 51% of these patients regain at least some, or all weight lost (Hsu, Benotti, Dwyer, Roberts, Saltzman et al., 1998; Hafner, Rogers, & Watts, 1990). Behaviors leading to weight regain have been identified and include "sweet eating," grazing or nibbling, binge eating (Caniato & Skorjanec, 2002), and consumption of large quantities of high calorie beverages or soft foods (Hsu, Betancourt & Sullivan, 1996). This study utilized a cross sectional design to explore if rates of these behaviors were different at different postsurgical times. A survey was utilized including questions taken from the EDE-Q (Fairburn & Beglin, 1994), as well as forced choice and open ended questions developed by the author. The results of this study were that patients who had surgery more recently reported significantly fewer incidents of disordered eating than those who had surgery less recently.