Lee Jonathan WJ1, Koh Calvin J2 and Lee Yin Mei1,2*
1Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National University Hospital, Singapore
2Department of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
The prevalence of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is rising in many countries. Bariatric surgery is considered an effective intervention for patients to achieve significant weight loss, yet not all patients are receptive towards bariatric surgery. This study aims to investigate the current health perceptions of patients towards weight management. In our study, only 38.1% surveyed were receptive towards surgical or endoscopic intervention for weight loss. Majority of the respondents were dependent on social media and the internet as their primary means to obtain health information. However, patients who were either obese or with fatty liver were more likely to approach their doctors for health advice, rather than to refer to social medial and the internet. Patients at greater risk of metabolic complications (obese, fatty liver, elderly) had inflated healthy BMI perceptions.
Obesity; Bariatric surgery; Health perceptions; Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Lee Jonathan WJ, Koh Calvin J, Lee Yin Mei. Health Perceptions amongst Patients with Fatty Liver - A Weighty Issue. Clin Surg. 2017; 2: 1372.