I attend 3 different meetings each month - one of them I lead. If you don't have a local group, then start your own and gather other WLS patients in your area to meet on a monthly basis.
For more information about the groups I attend... as well as support group meeting topics... see the special page for Support Groups above.
I found a couple studies on the topic.
- Zirui Song, et al published an article in the ASMBS publication Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD) in 2006 entitled: "Association between support group attendance and weight loss after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass."
Results: Patients who attended more than 5 support meetings within the first year lost 55.5% of their excess weight. Patients who attended less than 5 meetings lost 47.1%. So by attending meetings, they lost an additional 8.4% of their excess weight.
In real world numbers that would mean:300-pound pre-op weight, with 135-pound ideal weight = 165-pound excess weight
>> 47.1% EBWL = 77lbs lost
>> 55.5% EBWL = 92lbs lost
- Whitney S. Orth, et al presented their findings at the International Federation of the Surgery of Obesity annual meeting in 2006 in a report called: "Support Group Meeting Attendance is Associated with Better Weight Loss."
Results: Patients who attended support meetings saw a reduction in BMI by 42% whereas patients who did not attend, only realized a 32% reduction in BMI.
In real world numbers that would mean:300-pound pre-op weight at 5'6" (me!) = 48 BMI>> 32% reduction = ending at 33 BMI (still obese)
>> 42% reduction = ending at 28 BMI (just overweight)