Poor Health Behaviors Prior to Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Irit Oved, Inbal Markovitz Vaiman, Keren Hod, Limor Mardy-Tilbor, Yakov Torban, Shiri Sherf Dagan

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Introduction: Identifying eating and lifestyle behaviors prior to bariatric surgery may assist in better selecting and preparing patients and might lead to improved success rate. The current study aimed to assess eating behaviors and lifestyle trends among laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) candidates and to compare those trends between genders. Methods: This descriptive study was conducted in the bariatric clinic at the Haifa Assuta Medical Center. Data was gathered from medical records of LSG candidates that were evaluated before surgery in our institution between 2008 and 2011. The data included demographics, comorbidities, anthropometrics, weight management history, and lifestyle parameters. Eating pattern and eating habits were determined by eating habits questionnaires. Results: A total of 266 LSG surgery candidates (71.4 % female) with an average age of 40.7 ± 10.9 years and pre-surgery BMI of 42.4 ± 4.8 kg/m2 were studied. More than half of the patients have family history of obesity and their onset of obesity was before the age of 18 years (54.5 and 57.9 %, respectively). Most of the patients reported on poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle: 65.1 % do not eat regular meals, 70.3 % skip over breakfast, 61.9 % presented loss of control eating, 45 % frequently consume sweets, and 80.1 % were classified as none active. There were no differences in eating patterns or lifestyle parameters between genders. Conclusion: High occurrence of unhealthy eating habits and a non-active lifestyle were detected in morbid obese candidates for LSG surgery. More efforts should be directed towards nutritional and lifestyle education prior to the surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-475
Number of pages7
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Eating habits
  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrostomy
  • Lifestyle
  • Obese


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