Changes in Depression Following Gastric Banding: A 5- to 7-year Prospective Study
Source: Obesity Surgery, Volume 18, Number 3, March 2008 , pp. 314-320(7)
Abstract:Long-term outcomes of gastric banding regarding depression and predictors of change in depression are still unclear. This prospective, controlled study investigated depression and self-acceptance in morbidly obese patients before and after gastric banding.
A total of 248 morbidly obese patients (mean body mass index [BMI] = 46.4, SD = 6.9) seeking gastric banding completed questionnaires for symptoms of depression (Beck Depression Inventory) and self-acceptance. One hundred twenty-eight patients were treated with gastric banding and 120 patients were not. After 5 to 7 years, patients who either had (n = 40) or had not (n = 42) received gastric banding were reassessed.
In the preoperative assessment, 35% of all obese patients suffered from clinically relevant depressive symptoms (BDI score ≥18). The mean depression score was higher and the mean self-acceptance score was lower than those of the normal population. Higher preoperative depression scores were observed among patients living alone and who had obtained low levels of education. After 5 to 7 years, patients with gastric banding had lost significantly more weight than patients without gastric banding (mean BMI loss 10.0 vs. 3.3). Gastric banding patients improved significantly in depression and self-acceptance, whereas no change was found in patients without gastric banding. Symptoms of depression were more reduced in patients who lost more weight, lived together with a partner, and had a high preoperative depression score.
Morbid obesity is associated with depressive symptoms and low self-acceptance. Gastric banding results in both long-term weight loss and improvement in depression and self-acceptance.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Institute of Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology, University of Wuerzburg, Klinikstr. 3, 97070, Wuerzburg, Germany, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2: Mainz Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany 3: Institute of Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology, University of Wuerzburg, Klinikstr. 3, 97070, Wuerzburg, Germany 4: Department of Surgery, Marienkrankenhaus, Kassel, Germany 5: Department of Surgery, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany
Publication date: March 1, 2008