Bariatric Surgery & Binge Eating: You Didn’t Fail


In this video blog I delve into the challenging topic of life after bariatric surgery.

Many people who get bariatric surgery still struggle immensely with food and their body post-surgery. Often, this leaves people feeling like a total failure.

So in this vlog I explain why the surgery failed YOU and not the other way around and provide you with a number of tools to help you on your post-bariatric journey.

If you like this vlog please connect with me on social media! On my blog, Facebook, and Twitter I provide a lot of information to help you find health and healing on your food and body journey. Good luck!

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6 responses to “Bariatric Surgery & Binge Eating: You Didn’t Fail”

  1. Shannon says:

    Wow. I think she is well-meaning but I have to disagree with a great deal of what she shared. I also think she seemed a bit smug (but that is my observation).

    Weight loss is a very effective tool for many of us who have suffered with the is ease of obesity. There are outstanding bariatric programs who do educate patients and are very clear about the fact that it is a tool and does not cure eating disorders, etc.

    The online community I participate in has been tremendously helpful and educational. Just about everything she stated about my online community (BariatricPal) is just dead wrong. I encourage her to explore, read, and even participate online so she has first-hand knowledge instead of bashing something based on what she has heard.

    As to long-term research, another reason people fall out if the research pool is because they are successfully and happily living life. The subset of people who come to her for help are going to be grouped around people who struggle, especially people who were unprepared for surgery or have severe eating disorders.

    She might be more helpful if she was less condescending. Those of us who have had weight loss surgery and may need help working on integrating a healthy relationship with food post-surgery certainly don’t need condescension.

    I may still share this video with my online community, but I certainly won’t do it without comment.

    If she would like to talk to someone who has a different perspective, I would be very happy to share my experience with her.

    • Taylor Downs says:

      Hi Shannon, thank you so much for sharing your perspective. Marci asked that we post this respond on her behalf. She is currently out of the office until May 9th but wanted to provide a brief response.

      “I really appreciate your perspective and it truly makes me happy to know you found an online resource that feels supportive of your health. Thank you for bringing your particular resource to my attention. First I want to say that I fully support a difference of opinion and respect that people have a multitude of experiences related to WLS.

      The post I provided was based on years of work with a multitude of clients and first hand experience (not just something I heard). Yes, as you mentioned the people I work with often have an eating disorder and were not good candidates for the surgery. Please keep in mind, this is the specific population Green Mountain asked me to speak to. It was not a vlog designed for even the general bariatric population.

      As for your feedback that my approach was both condescending and smug – I’m very sorry that my words came across to you in that way. My career rests on my capacity to show genuine compassion and empathy. These are values I have as an individual and as a practitioner. My hope is that this compassion and empathy emanates from me not only because I hold these as values dear but because I actually feel them in my core. I developed this vlog with the multitude of clients I have worked with right in my heart and was tremendously saddened that the very people I am hoping to be helpful to experienced it as anything but compassionate.

      All my best.”

  2. Shannon says:

    *weight loss surgery (not weight loss)
    *disease not ease

    Thanks, autocorrect.

  3. Kathy Vernam says:

    Thanks so much for this! I didn’t even know that this was a “thing”: i.e. feeling like I “failed” at bariatric surgery. In retrospect, I was probably not a good candidate and in fact, developed alcoholism following surgery in 2005. I’m 6 years sober thanks to AA, but continue to struggle with my obsession with food. Am hopeful that at some point I’ll be able to afford a stay at Fox Run, which sounds like a wonderful program.

  4. Glenys says:

    Wonderful vlog Marci. I thought you seemed exceptionally compassionate and sincere! In my experience with bariatric patients, I have met so many that have regained weight and blamed themselves. In light of the recent research with The Biggest Loser participants (and other research I’ve read) regarding the suppression of metabolism after extreme weight loss, it’s not surprising at all that WLS patients regain weight. I hope they will start studying this in WLA patients – my thought has always been that it’s a way to put people on a very extreme diet but that, in the end, the body’s desire for its preferred weight often wins out. Thank you again!

  5. Hi Marci,
    You make a lot of good point. It is a very complex issue and there needs to be professional guidance post surgery. As a licensed addiction counselor who also treats food issues and has had bariatric surgery I have seen it from all sides. What you have not seen is that many people who have had the surgery would not be alive to follow your advice without it. But it is good advice post surgery where many are often left to flounder and the other addictive and food disorders are not diagnosed or not treated.

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Marci Anderson Evans, MS, CEDRD, cPT

Marci Anderson Evans MS, CEDRD, cPT is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, certified Intuitive Eating Coach, and owner of Marci RD Nutrition Consulting. By combining her passion for food, nutrition, and fitness her goal is to take help each of her clients find a healthy and happy relationship with food and exercise. She works exclusively with clients with eating disorders, disordered eating, or those interested in intuitive eating counseling. Connect with Marci on Twitter, Facebook, or her Blog!

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