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Weight Loss Surgery Isn’t a Cure-All for Eating Problems

Jul 18, 2016
The Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery’s founder talks about the importance of continued care.

Plano, TX, July 18, 2016 – Weight loss surgery can help those with eating problems, such as binge eating and emotional eating, shed excess pounds. These procedures, however, are not a cure-all for the underlying problem. Further medical intervention is generally recommended to help people with poor eating habits address the root causes.

“Bariatric surgery can help people lose a dramatic amount of weight, but it’s not necessarily a fix for problems that promote obesity,” explains Dr.  Nick Nicholson, founder and lead surgeon at the North Texas-based Nicholson Clinic, one of the top weight loss surgery centers in the country. “This is precisely why counseling in advance of surgery to identify problem eating habits and address them is so critical. So, too, is continued care after surgery to help patients establish and maintain healthier eating habits.”

Researchers have been delving into the question of potential benefits weight loss surgery may have on eating problems. While procedures, such as the gastric bypass, can open the door for improvements, the jury is still out about bariatric surgery’s long-term benefits in regard to eating problems. There are a number of aspects, such as counseling and nutritional support, that go along with surgery that may help improve problem eating habits. Surgery, however, is not designed to address such issues as emotional eating triggers.

“It is best for patients who are obese to work with a full medical team to address not only weight loss, but the factors that may contribute to poor eating habits,” says Dr. Nicholson. “When medical teams and patients work together before and long after surgical procedures, the outcome tends to be very positive.”

People who are obese are strongly urged to speak with their healthcare providers about all their weight loss options. Should poor nutritional habits, such as late-night eating and binge eating be concerns, counselors can help patients address these issues, as well. To learn more about the Nicholson Clinic, its locations and the weight loss services it provides, visit it online at

About Nicholson Clinic

Founded by Dr. Nick Nicholson, one of the country’s leading weight loss surgeons and co-author of “Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny,” the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery offers a variety of options to help patients gain control of their weight and their lives.