HAPPINESS STARTS HERE: WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY CAN DEFEAT DEPRESSION

Pause. Breathe. Be kind to your mind. 

COVID-19 has been a burden on the bodies, hearts, and souls of many, but we are edging closer to life beyond the pandemic. As you read this, recognize your resiliency and take a moment to think about what you want to accomplish this year. It’s time to prioritize positivity and proactivity. 

Weight-loss surgery can improve your quality of life in a meaningful, long-lasting way. In fact, a study of almost 12,000 bariatric surgery patients with at least one psychiatric disorder found that:

  • Their quality of life improved by 28%-32%, and 
  • Among patients with depression, the use of antidepressant medication decreased by close to 20% one year after surgery and remained at that level after three years.

There is hope to be had and action you can take, starting with scheduling a consultation with NYBG. 

IT’S ALWAYS DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN

Depression and obesity are two cogs powering a vicious cycle machine. A recent study of 58,745 patients “revealed that people with obesity had a 55 percent increased risk of developing depression over time, and the depressed persons had a 58 percent increased risk of obesity.” Obesity often causes conditions such as joint pain, diabetes, and high blood pressure, which are risk factors for depression. Furthermore, “excessive body fat causes chronic inflammation in the brain that leads to mood and psychiatric disorders.”

Many people believe that obesity is simply a cosmetic condition rather than the complex, progressive disease it actually is. A World Health Organization study determined that “18.7% to 38% of people with obesity reported experiencing obesity stigma,” which is associated with increased depression and anxiety, and decreased self-esteem. 

In reality, those who are obese experience biological barriers that make it challenging to lose weight. For example, The Washington Post reported that the body will not let us significantly restrict calories: “When a person limits calories, the body slows baseline metabolism to offset the calorie restriction because it interprets this situation as a threat to survival… At the same time, also in the name of survival, the body sends out surges of hunger hormones that induce food-seeking behavior — creating a real, measurable resistance to this perceived threat of starvation.”

The connection between obesity and depression is clear; a national survey revealed that 43% of adults with depression already have obesity. Do you know what else is clear? The benefits of bariatric surgery and its proven track record of delivering results. All of us at NYBG look forward to learning about your goals and embarking on your journey toward physical and mental wellness together.

A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER YOU

When it’s time to start a successful weight-loss journey, it’s time to call NYBG! We’re the best practice around and our numbers prove it:

  • 20 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, 1 Plastic Surgeon, and 13 PA’s
  • 18,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q&A sessions
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast over 20 years of success!

 

Our commitment to patient success and excellence has earned us accreditation from the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This prestigious achievement recognizes only the top bariatric practices. Stop waiting; start achieving better health today. Together, we’ve got this!

New York Bariatric Group is implementing and enforcing strict guidelines put out by the Center of Disease Control and the Department of Health in order to keep our staff and patients safe.

We are offering in-person and virtual consultations to ensure that everyone is able to get the information and care they deserve without feeling pressure to leave their home.

 

Sources

https://www.wionews.com/entertainment/lifestyle/news-obesity-and-depression-feed-off-each-other-study-353189

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/there-are-real-and-difficult-biological-reasons-why-its-hard-to-lose-weight/2018/01/05/53bbf9d8-ea54-11e7-9f92-10a2203f6c8d_story.html

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HAPPINESS STARTS HERE: WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY CAN DEFEAT DEPRESSION

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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