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Family Members of Weight Loss Surgery Patients Also Benefit

December 16th, 2011 Posted in Bariatric surgery, Eating healthy, News, Nutrition, Research, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, weight loss surgery, Weight loss surgery results


Most everyone has heard about the Atkins diet and the Weight Watchers diet but the newest diet out there appears to be the weight-loss-surgery-patient-in-your-living-room diet.  Have you heard of it? 


A study from Stanford researchers recently published in the Archives of Surgery found that obese family members of patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery also lost weight – an average of eight pounds in one year – simply by hanging out with the patients.  These family members accompanied their weight loss surgery family member to all of their pre- and post-operative clinic visits, hearing all of the dietary and lifestyle counseling that is recommended.  The counseling sessions included an emphasize on high-protein, high-fiber, low-fat and low-sugar diets and small meals.   They also included goal setting for daily exercise, sleep, and less screen (TV) time. 


The study found that “family members were able to lose weight comparable to being part of a medically controlled diet,” according to the study author.  The adult family members made significant changes to eating habits and reported less emotional and uncontrolled eating and both the adult and child family members made substantial increases in their activity levels.  It is safe to say that weight loss surgery is not only a tool for healthy lifestyle changes for patients but also for their families. 




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