Though the decision to undergo gastric bypass or any other type of weight loss surgery is never an easy one, tens of thousands of adult Americans forced to face obesity and health conditions associated with it, make it every year. Gastric bypass is a second chance given to obese people to a healthier and better life of a higher quality. Having the experience of many years of bariatric surgery weight loss surgeons in the United States unfortunately observed unexpected long-term side effects of gastric bypass in particular and bariatric surgery in general.  

What is Addiction Transfer?

Addiction transfer occurs when bariatric patients find themselves in the same old emotional ups and downs that used to trigger overeating, but being unable to quiet their feelings of anxiety and depression by overeating, they develop related harmful and self-destructive, poor coping habits. Examples of such behavior are drinking alcohol, using drugs, smoking, gambling, etc.

Bariatric Surgery does not Cure Food Addiction caused by Poor Coping Mechanisms

Food addiction has certain sings that are truly difficult to hide:

  • excessive and relatively rapid weight gain
  • frequent weight fluctuations
  • constant preoccupation with food
  • constant dieting, obsessive exercising

Undergoing gastric bypass will result in dramatic weight loss. If proper healthy eating habits and a well-designed exercise daily exercise routine are followed, weigh loss may be maintained. However, if the compulsive tendencies are not addressed by a qualified specialist, they will not vanish, but rather re-appear in disguise.

Weight loss surgeons insist on the necessity of learning new, effective coping mechanisms that help patients face stress, frustration, depression, anxiety and other negative feelings even before gastric bypass surgery. Joining a support group and consulting a specialist are important measures to take in order to avoid food addiction turn into all kinds of other addictions, just as harmful to mental and physical health as the initial food addiction is.

Gastric Bypass Patients need take Advantage of the Energy of a New Beginning that Surgery Offers

Every new chapter in life is an opportunity to ground new, healthy habits. The power of novelty lies in experiencing that since something new begins, everything is possible and even old behavioral mental programs can be overwritten and replaced with newer, better ones. Preparing mentally for difficulties to come further improves chances to just to that: replace unhealthy coping habits, with healthy, effective ones.

Gastric bypass patients are recommended to take full advantage of the novelty that gastric bypass means in their lives and to use the higher energy levels that characterize such beginnings to keep motivation strong throughout the weight loss journey.