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Degree Name

Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems (MSNFS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Dietetics and Human Nutrition

First Advisor

Dr. Makenzie Barr-Porter


Obesity, a prevalent health condition nationwide, has now been recognized as a diagnosable chronic health disease. With that prevalence we have seen a rise in obesity-related comorbidities which can be attributed to excess weight. Therefore, to combat obesity and related comorbidities, metabolic and bariatric surgery is becoming a more accepted and utilized treatment for individuals with obesity. Metabolic and bariatric surgery is the most effective and safest treatment for weight loss in individuals with obesity. However, metabolic, and bariatric surgery is a restrictive and/or malabsorptive procedure that requires significant lifestyle changes before and after the procedure. Patients who undergo metabolic and bariatric surgery must adhere to dietary recommendations, have regular physical activity, and have a strong support system. Without clinical support, achieving and maintaining lifestyle changes and adequate weight loss is very difficult. Therefore, the aim of this study was to pilot a 6-session support and nutrition-based program for 1-4 year post-metabolic and bariatric surgery patients to examine weight loss, perceived self-efficacy, and success and acceptability of the program. Implications for future research may include creating a standardized curriculum to support post-metabolic and bariatric surgery patients and influence weight loss.

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