Bariatric support groups have useful provisions for those who engage. They are a refuge and safe environment where weight loss surgery patients can discuss those feelings and barriers that are preventing maximum success. Bariatric support groups also are places where patients can speak freely about esteem, body image, and any social issues relating to obesity, weight loss, and weight loss surgery.
Patient support also will help address chronic and poor eating habits, learning new and beneficial eating behaviors, identifying an urge to eat versus hunger, identifying triggers that spark poor eating habits, and developing coping skills.
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Bariatric Surgery Program of Ireland Army Community Hospital http://www.iach.knox.amedd.army.mil/docs/Bariatric/BariatricSupportGroupHandout.pdf - accessed 4/25/12
Hope Bariatrics http://www.hopebariatrics.com/healthcare_providers.php - accessed 4/25/12
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