Changing a Nutrition Lifestyle

Patients make changes when it is in their best interest to do so and it is up to the medical team to help each person recognize what is in their best interest. Food is the essence of life providing love, sense of belonging, economic status, and self-fulfillment. Many factors affect food choices but there is little study done on them because humans find it harder to study themselves than animals. Food science knows more about nutrient biochemistry than why people select specific foods, and more research focus has been on eating disorders of underweight—anorexia nervosa or binge eating bulimia than obesity [3].

Bariatric surgery is meant to be an adjunct to a healthy diet and exercise regime. No single diet will please everyone but it needs to contain affordable nutrient-dense foods within their budget. Nutrient- dense foods are relatively expensive whereas high-calorie, low-nutrient foods are readily affordable. Habit changes are needed to encourage consumption of nutrient-dense foods despite the less-expensive, high-calorie products easily available. Food habits are ingrained early and unfortunately choices are determined by little more than a quick glance at the food label or mention of the product on television [4].

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