Research on the Work Lives of Bariatric Patients Highlights the Many Lifestyle Benefits of a Major Weight Loss, Says Dr. Feiz & Associates

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The Los Angeles area weight loss clinic comments on a recent report that it’s not at all surprising that people living healthier and happier lives after a weight loss procedure might also be feeling better on the job.

Loosing weight with a bariatric surgery has definite workplace benefits.

Since the health benefits of weight loss procedures are extremely well documented, it’s not a surprise that workers who have had a procedure would be sick less often.

An October 18 article at Medical Daily describes new research from JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) indicating that individuals who have had weight loss surgery typically experience a number of benefits at work, including reduced sick time and incidents of working while ill. Dr. Feiz & Associates note that, since the health benefits of weight loss procedures are extremely well documented, it’s not a surprise that workers who have had a procedure would be sick less often. They add that patients may experience a number of other benefits that could positively impact their overall working lives.

Job Performance. People who are frequently ill have essentially two choices: stay at home and miss work, or show up at work feeling ill, notes Dr. Feiz & Associates. Neither absenteeism nor presenteeism (showing up at work while sick) bode particularly well for an employee’s success. The issues with missing work are obvious, but being sick at work can also easily lead to problems caused by overstressed individuals making potentially damaging mistakes on the job, among many other issues, notes Dr. Feiz & Associates. In addition, the weight loss clinic adds that defeating obesity may also make employees more physically able to perform work related tasks. Patients who are dealing with such issues as reduced mobility may be less able to perform simple tasks that might be part of a large number of positions. Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that even completely sedentary jobs can be more difficult to pull off for a severely obese person.

Better Frame of Mind. The clinic also points out the study noted an association between post-surgical weight loss and patients who became sick, and added that decreased incidents of depression following a weight loss are very likely to result in improvements in on-the-job performance since depressed individuals are generally likely to have more problems at work than those without the illness. Depression, they note, might not only impact job performance, it may also lead to an increase in interpersonal issues with coworkers and generally impede an individual’s progress in the work place.

Reduced Chance of Workplace Discrimination. It’s an unfortunate and unfair fact of life that obese people are often discriminated against; they have been shown in numerous studies to be less likely to obtain promotions or get those jobs in the first place, says Dr. Feiz & Associates. The clinic adds that, while there is no excuse for discriminating against individuals based on their appearance, there is simply no arguing with the reality that being thinner after a bariatric procedure such as a sleeve gastrectomy makes for one less impediment to an individual’s career.

Readers interested in learning how fighting severe obesity with a weight loss procedure can help them to lead healthier, happier and potentially more successful lives are welcomed to contact Dr. Feiz & Associates at (800) 868-5946 or visit their website at http://www.DrFeiz.com.

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