Obesity Surgery

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 534–537

Childhood Sexual Abuse is not Associated with a Poor Outcome after Gastric Banding for Severe Obesity

  • Junilla K Larsen
  • Rinie Geenen

DOI: 10.1381/0960892053723277

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Larsen, J.K. & Geenen, R. OBES SURG (2005) 15: 534. doi:10.1381/0960892053723277

Background: The aim of this study was to examine whether a history of childhood sexual abuse is associated with weight, health, and depression after Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding for severe obesity. Methods: 157 patients (144 female, 13 male) filled out questionnaires on average 34 months after surgery (range 8–68 months). Results: 23% of the participants, all women, reported a history of childhood sexual abuse. There were no differences between patients with and without a history of childhood sexual abuse on weight and physical health, but the group with a history of childhood sexual abuse showed a higher level of depression. Conclusion: A reported history of childhood sexual abuse does not appear to impact on weight outcome after bariatric surgery, but some patients may need additional psychological treatment for their mental health problems.


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  • Junilla K Larsen
    • Rinie Geenen

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