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Published in: Obesity Surgery 6/2024

04-05-2024 | Obesity | Original Contributions

Changes in Food Preferences Before and After Intragastric Balloon Placement

Authors: Pyrros Papakostas, Georgios Tzikos, Gerry Pyankova, Alexandra-Eleftheria Menni, Dimitra-Foteini Pourtoulidou, Anne D. Shrewsbury, Irene Lidoriki, Veroniki Stelmach, Barbara Fyntanidou, Vasilis Grosomanidis, George Stavrou, Katerina Kotzampassi

Published in: Obesity Surgery | Issue 6/2024

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Abstract

Backgrounds

In recent years, numerous studies have tried to decode the way bariatric surgery works toward weight reduction by the use of food preference questionnaires. The intragastric balloon has gained popularity, mainly due to its limited invasiveness, in patients with obesity not fulfilling criteria for bariatric surgery. However, there is no study assessing the changes in food preferences [FP]. We decided to analyze the FP of individuals prior to intragastric balloon insertion and following its removal, on the strict condition that participants must complete the 6-month treatment period and attend at least 4 of the 7 follow-up interviews.

Methods

Patients were asked to rate the frequency of consumption of 63 food items before balloon insertion, at monthly intervals and after balloon removal. The food categories were protein, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, and sweets and fats.

Results

The questionnaires of 320 participants were analyzed. A reduced frequency in consumption of meat and meat products, high-fat, and high-carbohydrate/sugary products and an increase in raw vegetables and fruit was found in all individuals.

Conclusion

The intragastric balloon seems to exert analogically similar mechanisms to bariatric surgery for weight loss, both functioning through alterations in FP. These are dictated by the anatomical re-configuration of the stomach, but mainly by counseling of dieticians and the self-education of the patient after experiencing unpleasant postprandial discomfort.

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Metadata
Title
Changes in Food Preferences Before and After Intragastric Balloon Placement
Authors
Pyrros Papakostas
Georgios Tzikos
Gerry Pyankova
Alexandra-Eleftheria Menni
Dimitra-Foteini Pourtoulidou
Anne D. Shrewsbury
Irene Lidoriki
Veroniki Stelmach
Barbara Fyntanidou
Vasilis Grosomanidis
George Stavrou
Katerina Kotzampassi
Publication date
04-05-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Keywords
Obesity
Obesity
Published in
Obesity Surgery / Issue 6/2024
Print ISSN: 0960-8923
Electronic ISSN: 1708-0428
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11695-024-07233-1

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