Obesity Surgery

, Volume 23, Issue 11, pp 1826–1834

Impact of Excess Skin from Massive Weight Loss on the Practice of Physical Activity in Women

  • A. Baillot
  • M. Asselin
  • E. Comeau
  • A. Méziat-Burdin
  • M.-F. Langlois
Original Contributions

DOI: 10.1007/s11695-013-0932-0

Cite this article as:
Baillot, A., Asselin, M., Comeau, E. et al. OBES SURG (2013) 23: 1826. doi:10.1007/s11695-013-0932-0

Abstract

Background

Over 70 % of people who undergo bariatric surgery (BS) develop excess skin (ES). The physical and psychosocial consequences of ES may become a barrier to the practice of physical activity (PA), which is highly recommended to optimize the results of BS. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of ES on the practice of PA in women who have undergone BS.

Methods

Questionnaires administered to 26 women having undergone BS 2 ± 0.2 years before (BMI = 29.1 ± 0.8 kg/m2) evaluated the impacts of ES, the practice of PA, physical self-perception, and physical exercise beliefs. We also used the 6-min walking test and muscular endurance tests to evaluate physical fitness and photographs with anatomical markers to quantify ES.

Results

Of the women, 76.9 % declared mobility limitations due to ES during the practice of PA and 45.2 % stated avoiding PA because of ES which caused flapping and unwelcome stares from others. The women who stated that they avoided PA because of ES had significantly lower physical self-perception and physical fitness and reported experiencing more embarrassment during PA despite no significant difference in the magnitude of ES (p = 0.06), BMI, daily life inconveniences, and energy expenditure compared to those women who did not avoid PA.

Conclusion

Although ES after BS is a barrier to the practice of PA for some women, it does not in itself prevent the regular practice of PA. The main reason women with ES avoid PA seems to have less to do with the magnitude of ES itself and more with psychosocial inconveniences.

Keywords

ObesityBariatric surgeryExerciseSelf-concept

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Baillot
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Asselin
    • 1
  • E. Comeau
    • 3
  • A. Méziat-Burdin
    • 3
  • M.-F. Langlois
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Étienne-LeBel Clinical Research Center of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Division of EndocrinologyUniversity of SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  3. 3.Department of Surgery, Division of General SurgeryUniversity of SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada