The Impact of Surgically Induced Weight Loss on an Individual's Psychological Health
Arts and Sciences
With obesity becoming an increasingly chronic physical illness, prevalent in all ages throughout the United States, bariatric surgery continues to give individuals battling obesity a second chance to better their lives. While many have argued that weight loss surgery is the easy way out, and obese persons just need to diet and exercise, further research has shown that surgically induced weight loss plays a critical role in that person's psychological well-being. I will be distributing a survey of questions, pertaining to experiences before and after surgery, across multiple bariatric support groups on social media. This will demonstrate if an individual's previous and current stress levels, perception of themself, and psychological well being differs after experiencing a significant amount of weight loss. In all, I hope to see whether women between the age of 25-38 will lose a lesser amount of weight due to higher stress levels and greater psychological distress prior to and post bariatric surgery in comparison to men between the age of 25-38.
Torres, Angelica M., "The Impact of Surgically Induced Weight Loss on an Individual's Psychological Health" (2017). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 604.