Does exercise improve weight loss after bariatric surgery? A systematic review
posted by Research Admin on 3 February 2012
Bariatric surgery leads to significant weight loss in the obese patient. Exercise has been shown to improve weight loss and body composition in non-surgical weight loss programmes. The role of exercise to improve weight loss following bariatric surgery is unclear. The objective therefore of this review was to systematically appraise the evidence regarding exercise for weight loss in the treatment of obesity in bariatric surgery patients.
The systematic review found that there was a positive relationship between increased exercise and weight loss after surgery in 15 out of 17 studies. Meta-analysis demonstrated in patients participating in exercise a standardised mean of 3.62 kg greater weight loss compared to the minimal exercise groups. Observational studies suggested that exercise was associated with greater weight loss following bariatric surgery. The study authors concluded however that randomised controlled trials are required to further examine this relationship.
Article citation: Egberts K, Brown WA, Brennan L, O'Brien PE. (2012) Does exercise improve weight loss after bariatric surgery? A systematic review. Obesity Surgery, 22(2):335-41.
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