Changes in Depression Following Gastric Banding: A 5- to 7-year Prospective Study

Authors: Schowalter, Marion1; Benecke, Andrea2; Lager, Caroline3; Heimbucher, Johannes4; Bueter, Marco5; Thalheimer, Andreas5; Fein, Martin5; Richard, Matthias3; Faller, Hermann3

Source: Obesity Surgery, Volume 18, Number 3, March 2008 , pp. 314-320(7)

Publisher: Springer

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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.

Keywords: Depression; Follow-up; Gastric banding; Long-term; Morbid obesity; Self-acceptance

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Institute of Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology, University of Wuerzburg, Klinikstr. 3, 97070, Wuerzburg, Germany, Email: 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

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