Post-Bariatric Experiences

Surgical treatments for obesity, like bariatric surgery, promise rapid weight loss and relief for those struggling with the daily challenges of obesity. Mayo Clinic is a leader in this field. Yet, many people struggle to maintain the benefits of the surgery over the long term, and can find that the many social and emotional adjustments can be unexpectedly challenging. Using insights from social science, including ethnography, this longitudinal project will focus on how people cope with the complex physical and social changes that happen after surgery for many years, to identify strategies that help make lifelong healthy weight maintenance less of a personal and medical struggle. For information on this project, contact Alexandra Brewis Slade