Depression, Eating Disorders Common Among Bariatric Surgery Patients

Nearly a quarter of patients receiving bariatric surgery reported a current mood disorder, according to a new meta-analysis published in this week’s issue of JAMA.

Researchers from UCLA reviewed 68 publications that looked at the prevalence of preoperative mental health conditions or associations between preoperative mental health conditions and postoperative outcomes. The studies combined included more than 100,000 patients.

They found that 23 percent reported a current mood disorder, with depression (19 percent), an eating disorder (17 percent) and anxiety (12 percent) the most commonly reported.

Based on these findings, the researchers urge that providers pay “special attention” to behavioral health conditions within this population of patients.