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June 10, 2009


Having poor coping habits and emotional turmoil becomes a part of some peoples’ daily living?Are people unable to turn to food post-surgery?

If so, they are pursuing other harmful self-destructive behavior termed as “addiction transfer”.Simply put, replacing food addiction with other items such as alcohol.

Many Americans, in their hope to fight obesity and their quest for better life, opt for gastric bypass.Being a patient, ignoring food addiction post-surgery, many people may be vulnerable to several vices.

Most gastric bypass patients put on weight due to health condition, drugs or lack of exercise.

Others get trapped in food addiction fueled by underlying emotional triggers.


Most often, food addiction consequences are difficult to hide.  If you have food addiction, you may suffer from:-

§ Excessive weight gain

§ Constant weight fluctuations

§ Food Preoccupation

Consider this:-

· Most people get trapped in the futile cycle of exercise, diet and weight gain. Though it helps you to lose weight, individual compulsive tendencies tend to stick.

· Experts widely believe that addiction isn’t just about eating and food, but is a coping mechanism to manage painful emotional feelings.

· Most gastric bypass patients tackle more than just their extra pounds. Lack of effective support system and coping mechanism before surgery turns many to addiction to cope up with frustration, boredom and stress.


1. Professional counseling or assistance from support group may help you stay clear of compulsive habits and ignore addiction transfer post-surgery.

2.  Before surgery, many bariatric doctors refer their patients to psychotherapist to address underlying issues related to mental health.

3.  In most cases, counseling or psychotherapy, coupled with surgery, reduces addiction risks and offers effective, long-term results.


Though gastric bypass patients have to contain their food intake post-surgery, a new study warns them to monitor the alcohol consumption too.

The Oprah Winfrey Show presented a segment named “Suddenly Skinny” with Carnie Wilson. It briefly discussed various reactions that gastric bypass patients had to alcohol, including binge drinking and trading food addiction with alcohol addiction

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Points to Ponder

  • Average age and weight of patients who underwent surgery was 47 and 200 pounds
  • The BMI of bypass patients dipped from 51 to 33 (still believed to be obese).
  • Gastric bypass reduces the capacity of stomach to certain ounces
  • This is the main reason why alcohol stays higher and peaks higher
  • As you drink alcohol it relaxes you both inside and outside
  • Allowing your stomach and esophagus to relax, permitting you to eat more
  • Gastric bypass patients don’t seem to metabolize alcohol in the same
  • Patients experience faster addiction
  • Most trade their food addiction with alcohol addiction
  • As the stomach capacity reduces, liquor and food gets rapidly absorbed into the intestines
  • 2006 estimates say nearly 177,000 had a gastric bypass
  • One beer generally feels like two
  • A wine glass contains 125 calories
  • Have a designated driver or do so at home

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