Obesity health related quality of life and body image following bariatric surgery

Smith, Sheena, and Caltabiano, Marie (2017) Obesity health related quality of life and body image following bariatric surgery. In: [Presented at] Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine 2017 Conference. From: Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine 2017 Conference, 13-15 July 2017, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Introduction: Previous research has found improvements post-bariatric surgery for obese persons on depression, quality of life, body image and weight loss. In this study we examined whether moderate to severely obese persons (BMI>30) who had undergone bariatric surgery would have better body image and better health-related quality of life compared to those who elected conventional treatments.

Methods: The sample comprised 142 females with a MAge of 44 years who had undergone bariatric surgery. We used the Orwell-97 a measure of obesity specific health related quality of life relating to the somatic, physical function, emotional state and social engagement domains of life. The MBSRQ-AS 34 was used to assess body image.

Results: Indepentent samples t-tests indicated no significant difference on the Orwell-97 subscales for those having had bariatric surgery compared to those obese individuals who had not had surgical treatment. There were no significant differences between the two groups on the MBSRQ-AS-34 subscales of appearance evaluation (AE), appearance orientation(AO), or body areas satisfaction (BASS), but significant differences were found for overweight preoccupation (OP) and self-classified weight (WC) with higher mean scores for those who reported having bariatric surgery.

Conclusions: One explanation for obese individuals who had undergone bariatric surgery not having a better quality of life or improved body image could be that they were dissatisfied with the results from bariatric surgery and had unmet expectations in regards to treatment goals. Further research is needed to understand obese individuals’ long-term treatment goal expectations for weight and body image following bariatric surgery.

Item ID: 54713
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: obesity, bariatric surgery, body image, health-related quality of life
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Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 00:26
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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