The Social Aftermath of Bariatric Surgery: Coping with Changes in Friendships and Family Dynamics

Research tells us that bariatric surgery-induced weight loss can impact the dynamic of close interpersonal relationships.


Weight Bias

It is clear that we are living in a society where overweight and obesity are becoming increasingly the social norm, even though a growing amount of our evidence has shown that excess weight can increase the risk of serious health consequences.
Weight bias is defined as negative attitudes toward and beliefs about others because of their weight. Weight bias leads to the stigmatisation of obese individuals and as research shows, this, in turn, can have a serious negative impact on their social, economic, psychological, and physical health.


Why Bariatric Psychology is Necessary

You may be thinking “What does psychology have to do with weight loss surgery?“ This is a great question – please read on and let WLSA psychologist Leslie Hartley explain.


R U OK? Don’t underestimate how simple, authentic gestures of support and encouragement can truly help.

It’s ‘OK’ to be ‘not OK’ and a simple chat might mean everything to a friend or loved one who may be struggling. R U OK? Day encourages a more altruistic culture of proactively caring for others every day and this can have a powerful impact on overall wellness, build relationships and add meaning to life.


The Joy of a Mindful Christmas

The practice of mindfulness teaches us a different way to relate to our thoughts, feelings and emotions as they arise.


How Psychology Can Affect Fertility

While improvements in fertility have previously been attributed to various hormonal changes after surgery, a recent study suggests that those improvements are not just about the physiology of the person but also the psychology.