Why Do Obese Men Get Bariatric Surgery Far Less Than Women?

Obesity is a looming problem all around the world 1. As the problem gets worse, it is now viewed as a “global epidemic2.” In recent years, bariatric surgery has shown promise and hope for obese individuals. Besides reducing weight, it offers a spectrum of benefits for obese patients with diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

While obesity affects both men and women at the same rate, only 20% of men undergo bariatric surgery. This difference is surprising, given the fact that it affects both genders. Why is this difference?

Is it because obese men care less about their health?

Maybe they are less aware of surgical options? Or is it just that they shun the idea of surgery as an option to lose weight?

A study from UC San Diego School of Medicine reveals some striking facts as to why fewer men opting for bariatric surgery is less compared to women. The study helps raise awareness among the obese population about bariatric surgery.

Here are the revelations from the study:

Skewed male body perception: The study reveals that biased male body perceptions as one of the strong reasons. Researchers support their theory with a reference from a Kansas State University study.The Kansas study found that 72.8 to 94% of overweight and obese men were satisfied with their health as compared to 56.7 to 85% overweight and obese women3.

Less aware: Men were less aware of obesity and its related problems on health. Also, the study found that in comparison, women were much more willing and open to surgical weight loss earlier in life than men.

Aging and Co-morbidities: Researchers found that men tend to wait until more adverse health conditions add to the list before deciding to undergo bariatric surgery.

Besides these, surgery eligibility and insurance coverage were also contributing factors causing fewer men to seek weight reduction surgery.

What encourages obese men to take bariatric surgery?

  • Increased awareness through education
  • Preparedness and post-surgery support
  • Precise nutrition via food and supplements

Bariatric surgery not only helps with weight loss, but it also helps to improve medical conditions associated with obesity. Obese patients with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and arthritis can benefit from losing weight through bariatric surgery.

Patients that undergo bariatric surgery either limit the amount of food that can be consumed or reduce food absorption. Recovering and simultaneously restricting food intake may seem like a tough situation but not when you are prepared and ready.

NATURELO Bariatric Multivitamin is perfectly formulated with vitamins and minerals for post-surgery gastric Bypass, roux-en-y or sleeve, BPD/DS, and other laparoscopic weight loss procedures.


1.  World Health Organization: Obesity and overweight 
2.  The obesity transition: stages of the global epidemic
3.  Why Do Obese Men Get Bariatric Surgery Far Less Than Women?, April 29, 2015