WTEN: Women’s Health — Fighting Obesity

WTEN/News10 interviewed Matthew McDonald, DO, FACS, FASMBS, a bariatric surgeon with Samaritan Hospital Bariatric and Metabolic Care, about the weight loss challenges women may face during stressful times, particularly during the holidays and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. McDonald talked about the benefits of bariatric surgery and the importance of focusing not just on weight loss, but on building a healthy lifestyle.

From the story:

For many, bariatric surgery is a good way to sustain a healthy body weight long-term. Dr. Matthew McDonald a bariatric surgeon with St. Peter’s Health Partners said his center can help women meet their weight loss goals, even if surgery isn’t an option for them.

Stress doesn’t only influence your eating habits. Studies show it can affect your metabolism, too.

In one recent study, participants who reported one or more stressors during the previous 24 hours, such as arguments with spouses, disagreements with friends, trouble with children, or work-related pressures, burned 104 fewer calories than non-stressed women in the seven hours after eating a high-fat meal.

Researchers say experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating just one high-fat meal (the kind we’re most likely to indulge in when frazzled) can slow the body’s metabolism so much that women could potentially see an 11-pound weight gain over a year.

Samaritan Bariatric and Metabolic Care has behavioral health providers and nutritionists as well as surgeons. It’s why Dr. McDonald said they have a good success rate in sustaining weight loss after surgery. He also attributes success to the continued following of patients throughout their weight loss journey.

“The goal is to help people live healthier lives, not get them into the operating room, “he said. “Coming to our program doesn’t mean you have to have surgery, we will treat you from every aspect.”

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