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Almost all successful bariatric surgery patients have reported that their support network helped them maintain their new lifestyle changes.

Getting Support from Family and Friends

The first step in getting support is talking to your family and friends about bariatric surgery. You might find that they are completely supportive, or you might find that they are not. If they are not supportive, it may be due to fear. Be patient and understanding as you explain why the choice to explore bariatric surgery is important to you and how their support will help you. They may be concerned about your well-being and skeptical about the benefits of weight loss surgery over the potential risks. Try to put myths to rest and share with them your all you have learned in your research.

Lastly, consider taking them with you to a support group. That way, they can hear firsthand from bariatric surgery patients and learn about their experiences.

Attending Support Groups

Our nutritional support group will be held the second Monday of every month at 6:00pm at our office.

The support groups in our office are run by office staff including our nutritionist.

Support groups are and excellent resource. You will find people who have similar wellness goals, want to celebrate your success, and support you in challenging times. Support groups are devoted to these common experiences, so you can share your feelings in a safe environment.

If you are thinking about bariatric surgery, you may want to scout out a few support groups in advance.

Online Support Groups

More and more bariatric surgery patients are going online for support. It is a wonderful way to reach out to people. However, there are a few watchouts:

- Support should mean support: Seek out healthy role models and limit contact with people with a negative attitude

- Look for support, not medical advice: Some people will take on the role of “the expert.” Be aware that they are not healthcare professionals, so you should be cautious to take healthcare advice from them.

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