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Bariatric Surgery resources

Bariatric Support Group

March 2020

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our support group meetings for now. When we are able to start our meetings again, details will be posted on this web page.

Oxford Bariatric Service runs a support group open to patients considering surgery and those who have already had a bariatric procedure.

This is a great group to learn more about surgery and get support from each other.

Useful links

You may find the following websites useful to help you decide if bariatric surgery is right for you.

Association for the study of obesity
Resource and information centre which has some useful factsheets.

Help and resources available for families to make healthier lifestyle choices.

International federation for surgery of obesity and metabolic disorders
Includes patient information leaflets and videos of operations.

National Institute for Clinical Health and Excellence
Guidelines on eligibility for weight loss surgery.

National Obesity Forum
Good advice on making lifestyle changes

Obesity - NHS website
Useful resource and links on obesity surgery, healthy eating and introducing exercise.

Weight loss surgery - NHS website
Includes information on some of the risks and complications associated with bariatric surgery.

WLSinfo (Weight Loss Surgery Information and Support)
Registered charity providing patients and health professionals information and support.


Useful books which help with emotional eating and preparing for bariatric surgery include:

  • Alexander, C.L. (2009) The emotional Fist Aid Kit: A Practical Guide to life after bariatric surgery. Matrix Medical Communications. West Chester, PA, USA. ISBN: 9780976852650
  • Gauntlett-Gilbert, J & Grace, C. (2009) Overcoming weight problems: A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. Constable & Robinson Ltd. London. ISBN: 9781845290689.
  • Wansink, B. (2007) Mindless eating: Why we eat more than we think. Bantum Books. London. ISBN: 9780345526885.

For clinicians

Please see 'Referrals'

Last reviewed:19 April 2022