This introductory course offered by NCFED with NEDDE provides a full overview of the bariatric process, highlighting key psychological challenges for the bariatric patient at each stage and the key focus areas that lead to successful outcomes and freedom from distressed eating and harmful aspects of obesity. We discuss the nutritional requirements for patients & some strategies with the Neuro-divergent client in mind.
Hear from people who had surgery, highlighting their challenges, and how the surgery has affected their lives and relationships.
You will Learn
You will learn the key stages of the bariatric process and post-surgery implications from a psychological, physiological and nutritional perspective
An introduction to bariatric surgery
- The journey
- The three stages of bariatric living
- The risks and benefits of each bariatric surgery
Stage one: pre-surgery stage
- Mindset for preparation
- Psychological challenges: management of anxiety, identifying the relationship with food, unhelpful habits and unhealthy coping mechanisms with life and other people.
- Pre surgery nutrition requirements
- How to prepare for surgery, how to gain the help and support of family and friends
- Planning for post-surgery
Stage two: post-surgery stage
- Managing expectations and challenges
- How to handle weight change and its effects on other people
- Psychological challenges, emotions, identity and stigma
- How to deal with plateaus and malnourishment
- Emotional outcomes including grief and loss, anxiety or low mood, body dysmorphia
- The effect of prior eating disorders
- How to develop a healthy relationship with food
- Nutritional needs for the bariatric patient as the result of changes in digestion, absorption appetite and altered physiology. Emphasis is on avoiding nutrient deficiencies and ensuring macro-micro nutrient balance.
- How to enhance physical recovery
Stage three: life-long maintenance
- Creating the right mindset for lifelong maintenance of change
- Weight gain risks
- Psychological challenges: creating new comfort zones, finding new ways to deal with stress, adjusting to a new identity; rebuilding self esteem
- Long-term nutritional needs, including the possible use of supplements, and ongoing testing. How to adjust the diet for long-term management of cravings & optimum health
- How to support emotional wellbeing in people whose life may change “beyond recognition”
- Other considerations. Is it all good news?