Gabby felt ashamed that she hand’t been able to lose much weight on her own through diet and exercise, despite having worked with a personal trainer and registered dietitian. Her doctor had told her that part of the bariatric evaluation consisted of meeting with a psychologist to make sure that she would be a good candidate for surgery. She didn’t like the idea of talking to someone about her feelings, especially regarding the complicated role that food had always played in her life. And what about the strict diet she would have to follow in the weeks post-surgery-and the changes in eating habits she would need to maintain for the rest of her life? Gabby had already failed at so many diets that she didn’t know if she would have the willpower necessary to succeed. And yet her weight was a constant source of worry when she thought about her future.
Please answer the following questions in your discussion post:
1) If her weight wasn’t causing any health problems currently, should she still consider surgery?
2) Why must patients follow a very strict diet post-bariatric surgery?
3) What are some of the dangers or potential side effects of bariatric surgery?