Success habits of long-term gastric bypass patients

Obes Surg. 1999 Feb;9(1):80-2. doi: 10.1381/096089299765553872.


Background: By identifying common habits of the most successful long-term gastric bypass patients, one is able to establish more specific guidelines for new patients to follow. The first postoperative year is a critical time that must be dedicated to changing old behavior and forming new, lifelong habits.

Methods: 100 gastric bypass patients from 1979 to 1995 participated in a comprehensive survey. Surveys were completed in person, by phone, or in writing. Participants were asked to answer questions regarding their eating, drinking, sleeping, exercise, and personal habits.

Results: The survey revealed that specific habits are common in gastric bypass patients who have maintained their weight loss for many years.

Conclusion: Identifying and defining the common habits of patients who are successful with long-term weight loss enabled specific guidelines to be established for new patients to implement during the initial weight loss phase, which will contribute to life-long success.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Drinking
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Exercise
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gastric Bypass*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Postoperative Period
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Life*
  • Random Allocation
  • Sleep
  • Weight Loss