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.