Why are we doing an episode about addiction?
Because for many patients, food is their drug. The transfer of compulsive eating behavior to other forms of addiction is more common than you'd think. It can occur in up to 30% of post-op bariatric surgery patients.
The DoctorXDietitian team tackles the risk factors for developing addictive behaviors after weight loss surgery.
Just like obesity, addiction does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, so identifying the signs and symptoms and, most importantly, knowing how and where to reach out for help is critical.
To improve ourselves, we must first know ourselves. Admitting you are struggling is a courageous first step. The bariatric community can be a safe haven with a multitude of resources to help you cope and get through life's most challenging times.