#134 How WLS Affects Relationships: Bariatric Mental Health Q & A

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HOST: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Dr.

Susan Mitchell 


Do you feel like some of your relationships have changed since your weight loss surgery? And not necessarily for the better? Is this change in relationships common? Why does surgery affect these changes? Bariatric psychologist Dr. Connie joins me to explain why relationships change after surgery and how to handle these changes.

Website: http://www.conniestapletonphd.com

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Thank you Tracy. I’m so happy you found the golden nuggets and impressively, have implemented them into you daily lifestyle.

Recently there was conversation in my FB group about relationships with members asking especially about marriages and how they change after surgery. Is it true that a lot of married couples divorce after a one of them has bariatric surgery?

Dr. Connie answers the above questions and many others including: 

Do you agree with this research from what you see in your day to day practice?

What do you see as the reasons for increases in new relationships and a higher instance of marriage after surgery?

Whoa, wait a minute. Did you just say it’s not the amount of weight loss that is associated with marriage but better health? This really puts the focus on non scale victories over weight.

Why are divorces happening after surgery? Biggest reasons?

It seems to me that this issue of relationships needs to be addressed before surgery and hopefully it is. What can the bariatric team do to help patients understand how surgery might affect their relationships?

What is a joint journey and why is it so important? 

What can you do now if you're experiencing these changes in a relationship?

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