Relationships After Weight Loss Surgery: Real Experiences & Advice

relationships after bariatric surgery

Changes to relationships after weight loss surgery often go overlooked by people considering bariatric surgery or other aggressive weight loss plans, and those changes can be both positive and negative depending on the situation.

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On the positive side, you look better and you feel better. People you don’t know may start to treat you with more respect. You may be treated more favorably at work. People may be more physically attracted to you.

On the negative side, weight loss patients are keenly aware of overweight discrimination against others, which can lead them to wonder… would this person be treating me the same way if I hadn’t lost all of this weight? How do I handle obesity discrimination now that I’m on the “other side”?

In addition, people who you’ve known for a long time will not be used to the way you look. Could that promote awkwardness from overweight friends or family members? Could your spouse or partner become jealous now that others are noticing you more?

One of the best places to give and receive relationship advice is from other bariatric surgery patients during regularly scheduled support group meetings.

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Your experiences will greatly help both prospective patients and those who have already had surgery…

– Many prospective patients fail to consider how interactions with friends, family, partners and colleagues will change after surgery.

– Patients who have already had surgery need to know that others are going through the same thing and how to handle it

What changes did YOU notice after surgery with the following people…

1) Your partner or spouse
2) Family
3) Dating
4) People at work
5) People you don’t know well (i.e. service people, waiters, random people on the street, etc.)

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[ Last editorial review/modification of this page : 12/11/2016]

* Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is provided for general information purposes and your specific results may vary depending on a variety of circumstances. It is not intended as nor should be relied upon as medical advice. Rather, it is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician(s). Before you use any of the information provided in the site, you should seek the advice of a qualified medical, dietary, fitness or other appropriate professional. Read More