Bariatric nurse Judy Tanielian describes how patients are better at losing weight after they attend support groups.
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Support Group Effects on Keeping Weight Down We find that when our patients attend support groups both pre-operatively and post-operatively and on a regular basis they are more committed to their weight loss and seem to have a better outcome. They learn so much from each other in terms of what to do about various foods that might taste good, preparation, that sort of thing. Often patients find after surgery the foods that used to appeal to them such as fried foods, no longer appeal to them. They can exchange recipes. They can exchange advice about vitamin regimens and advice about so many different issues.

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