Why Go To Bariatric Support Groups?

-- Marc A. Neff, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Many of my patients are excited to attend bariatric support group meetings. It’s a chance to bond with other patients, share experiences and frustrations, and share helpful tips.

On the other hand, some patients tell me that they can’t fit support meetings into their schedule. They don’t like the people there, aren’t fond of the support group leader, don’t like the facility, the chairs are uncomfortable, the room is crowded, or it’s hard to park. Trust me, I get all that.

As a clinician, I can’t express the importance of attending a support group. Family and friends will support you, but they can’t truly understand what you are going through. There is no substitute for a room full of people who know exactly what your struggles are and what your struggles have been.

If you have reached that post-surgical stage where you are fully comfortable in your new life, then attending a support group is a great way to give back to those patients who are still figuring it out.