Suicide attempts and self harm increase in wake of weight-loss surgery, study shows

Presumably this is because the formerly fatties can now reach?

15 thoughts on “Interesting….”

  1. Bloke in Costa Rica

    You don’t get weight loss surgery if you’re a few kg overweight like me. You get it if you’re an enormous spherical blob who gets winded opening an economy-sized bag of Doritos. Allowing yourself to get to that state is indicative of some pretty serious psychological issues and they don’t immediately go away with the blubber. Also at higher risk for suicide and self-harm: recovering drug and alcohol addicts. They’re at higher risk while they’re using, too. There’s a reason a lot of weight loss programmes are modelled on drug/alcohol recovery techniques (whatever they may be—12 step, CBT, REBT whathaveyou).

  2. Because before the surgery, the fatties had hope: they were looking forward to that magical day when all their troubles would be fixed by somebody else. After the surgery they no longer had that hope. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

    See also: before/after getting married, before/after retiring, etc.

  3. Doesn’t weight loss surgery consist of stapling their stomach so that they will literally die if they try to eat anything larger than a mini Mars bar every few hours?

    One can see how this might affect the sunny disposition of a person whose only joy in life is endless feasting.

  4. Relationships break up. Because, unsurprisingly, the other half actually *wanted* to be in a relationship with a fattie.

    In addition, for most, they’re left with massive folds of skin where it’s stretched and won’t ever go back. So they feel they look even worse after the weight loss. The NHS will do the stapling or gastric band but are much less keen to do the surgery to remove the excess skin.

  5. Harry Haddock's Ghost

    This is logical. Extreme over eating is often psychological in source, and I’ve often thought gastric band surgery was resolving issues caused by the symptoms, not the root cause. Remove the comfort eating / ability to use food as an emotional crutch and there have to be consequences.

  6. Fat cells don’t just passively store fat, they also produce hormones, some of which make you feel good. Maybe withdrawal of these feelgood chemicals tips them over? Or maybe getting ginormous was a sort of slow suicide without which they do it the fast way?

  7. Bloke not in Cymru

    failed suicides in ICU can’t be restrained until they wake up and are seen to be a danger.

    In other countries they can be restrained

    Not suprisingly one system results in less violence agaisnt nurses.

    Suicide isn’t a laughing matter and while some humour isn’t a bad deflection technique it’s easy to be too flippant about this issue.

  8. There are several reasons, but in addition to those mentioned by those above (S2 may score highest) there is the factor that depression is aprogressive illness so each year the suicide rate should increase (not by 54% in 3 years but by a significant amount).

  9. So Much For Subtlety

    Squander Two – “They think it will solve all their problems. And then it doesn’t.”

    But of course there is nothing wrong with transsexuals that a little surgery won’t fix.

    We should not be looking at medical intervention for problems like people who feel they have too many limbs, or the wrong sort of genitals, when the problem is psychological

  10. Amazing. And if you call people to ask them if they have a telephone…

    This is similar to the way more people die after having surgery for a heart condition than the average: you’re selecting a group predisposed to problems, rather than from the random population.

  11. @sms
    I remember a cosmetic surgeon (so not unbiased) saying that, often, it’s easier (cheaper) to deal with the physical problem. So, if you’re driving yourself nuts because your nose it too big, wrong shape etc then just change it.

    At the end there will always be a few who have real psychological problems that were the real source of the problem, but for the vast majority, surgery really does fix things.

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