Bariatric Surgery, Body Image, and Mental Health: How is one's mental health affected in relation to changes in body image after extreme weight loss following bariatric surgery?


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In this thesis, a literature review was conducted to examine changes in body image following bariatric surgery and the relationship between body image and different aspects of psychological health. 26 Studies were selected for inclusion and reviewed. Changes in body image, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and quality of life were evaluated and discussed. The results demonstrated consistent improvements in body image and all psychological variables, most commonly being depressive symptoms. This review confirms the link between weight loss, body image, and mental health and suggests body image counseling should be provided to those seeking bariatric surgery.



Bariatric surgery, Body image, Mental health, Depression, Anxiety, Eating disorders