Biopsychosocial Outcomes of Gastric Banding for Obese Adolescents

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This study aims to investigate the biopsychosocial outcomes of gastric banding in adolescents and the experiences and needs adolescents undergoing gastric banding. Severely obese adolescents are at increased risk of serious medical and psychological comorbidities. Yet there are currently few treatment options for adolescent obesity and little research to examine their effectiveness. Available studies indicate limited effectiveness of lifestyle (e.g. diet and exercise) and medication interventions, thus gastric banding surgery has been recommended for adolescents (15 years and over) with persistent severe obesity and one or more comorbidities. Gastric banding results in significant weight loss in adolescents in the short to medium term, however, little is known about psychosocial outcomes. Similarly, the needs and experiences adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery have not been explored. This study includes two projects addressing these gaps in the literature; (1) a systematic literature review examining the biopsychosocial outcomes of adolescent gastric banding, and (2) a qualitative study employing grounded theory methodology to explore the needs and experiences of adolescents who have undergone banding patients. Results of this study will provide much needed information about adolescent experiences and outcomes of gastric banding.

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Associate Professor Leah Brennan Principal Supervisor

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