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After Bariatric Surgery, Fear of Intimacy May Remain

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After undergoing bariatric surgery, many women will still have weighty issues to deal with. Many have had longstanding self-esteem problems, and some are in unhealthy relationships directly related to their past obesity.

Some women may be reluctant to form intimate relationships because of insecurity about their appearance. They have felt this way about themselves possibly all their lives. These things don't change easily just because they've lost the excess weight.

The woman who has been obese most of her life has had a lifetime to stare at the magazines and movies that idealize skinny women. And that means a lifetime of feeling bad about herself. Now that the excess weight is a thing of the past, it's time to deal with the self-esteem problems the weight has left behind.

This is why support groups are vital for women after undergoing bariatric surgery.

"Cyndi Iduate, R.N., B.S.N, C.B.N., is a certified bariatric nurse coordinator and support group facilitator at South Miami Hospital in Florida. Cyndi lost 196 pounds after undergoing bariatric surgery."


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