Place Work on a Scale: What Do We Know About the Association Between Employment Status and Weight Loss Outcomes After Bariatric Surgery?

Marleen M. Romeijn*, Marlies Bongers, Daniëlle D. B. Holthuijsen, Loes Janssen, François M. H. van Dielen, Han J. R. Anema, Wouter K. G. Leclercq

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Despite the initial successful weight loss after bariatric surgery, a significant amount of patients experience weight loss failure and weight regain. Several factors are known to contribute to this, though the impact of employment status is unknown. The objective of this systematic review was to examine the impact of employment status on post-surgical weight loss outcomes. Eight studies were included with a follow-up ranging between 2 and 10 years. Employed patients seemed to present more weight loss (9.0–11.0% EWL, 1.3–1.6% BMI loss) compared to unemployed patients, but none of these numbers were statistically significant. Moreover, there were contrasting findings in terms of weight regain. This review may highlight the importance of working status after bariatric surgery and warrants further investigation on this topic. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3822-3832
Number of pages11
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number8
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

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