Cut Down to Size covers everything you need to know about bariatric surgery, from referral through to the challenges you may face after surgery. Most people who seek weight loss surgery have struggled for many years to control their eating, and have experienced increasing health limitations, self-consciousness and discrimination. People see weight loss surgery as their last chance for a better, more normal life. While hopeful fantasies about an alternative future make it hard to contemplate the risk of failure, some patients experience considerable emotional or physical problems.
This book offers insight into the realities of living with weight loss surgery, and practical exercises help you think through your emotional readiness, social circumstances and eating habits that could determine the success of surgery. Active preparation for surgery by making psychological and lifestyle changes puts you in the best position to achieve better health and emotional wellbeing.
Cut Down to Size is the first book to focus on the psychological and social aspects of weight loss surgery and will be of interest to health professionals as well as anyone contemplating weight loss surgery. By sharing the experiences of other bariatric patients, the reader can appreciate the nature of life after surgery and make a judgement about their capacity to cope with these demands.
Table of Contents
The Obesity Epidemic and Weight Loss Surgery. Obesity: A Normal Response to an Abnormal Situation? "I Just Want a Normal Life": The Impact of Obesity. Accessing Weight Loss Surgery. Assessment for Weight Loss Surgery. Looking After Your Emotional Wellbeing. Weight Loss Surgery: the Facts and Figures. "Pressing the Re-set button": Life after Weight Loss Surgery. "It’s the best decision I ever made": Success stories with Weight Loss Surgery. "I thought if I was slim the world would be some kind of fairy tale": The Risks and Challenges of Weight Loss Surgery. Taking Control: FAQs and Resources.
Jenny Radcliffe is a Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist. Since completing her training at University College London she has specialised in working with people with physical health problems. For the past eight years her primary interest has been in the psychological impact of obesity and weight loss surgery.
'Indispensible! A comprehensive key text providing remarkable insight and education for both the bariatric practioner and patient alike.' – Scott Lonnee, Bariatric Dietitian, St Georges Hospital NHS Trust.
'This book has managed to put the option of surgery for weight loss into a readable and useful format for the individual. It is not so much a textbook, but a preparation for the journey. It should be required reading for all those considering surgical intervention, and those delivering care. I am so pleased that Jenny has managed to write this book. It confirms the important role of psychology in this field and helps us understand why.' – Shaw Somers, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, Streamline Surgical.