Even though most of us would say we love our partners regardless of their weight, it’s hard to deny that obesity puts a damper on everyday activities. Therefore, it’s not surprising that a new study has found bariatric surgery can result in greater intimacy between patients and their life partners, as well as a new spark to their love life.
Mary Lisa Pories of East Carolina University, lead author of a study providing insights into the experience of couples after one of the partners underwent weight loss surgery, says this is because the shared experience brings couples closer together. By acting as a team to improve the patient’s health, they grew closer both in and out of the bedroom.
Of course, bariatric surgery also resulted in improved physical health for the patient. Weight loss eased preexisting conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure and often improved the patient’s energy level. When patients could be more active participants in the tasks of daily living, their partners felt closer to them.
The findings of the study are published in Springer’s journal Obesity Surgery. Pories says her next project may be investigating questions about how patients without active support systems manage post-operatively.
This is the first study to look at the impact of obesity on relationships since 2000. Over the last decade, surgical interventions, methods of support, and the knowledge of the general public about weight loss surgery have evolved considerably.
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