"Exploration of the Concept of Addiction Transfer among Bariatric Surgery Patients"

Studies suggest that in some individuals, compulsive eating plays a similar role in obesity as compulsive drug use does in drug addiction. This study aims to explore this concept by assessing the prevalence of addictive disorders and substance use in a large and ethnically diverse bariatric patient population. Dr. Vidot collaborates with Dr. Sarah Messiah (Principal Investigator; Miller School of Medicine) on this study by focusing on: 1) identifying and describing patterns of cannabis use before and after weight loss surgery; 2) the relationship between post-operative cannabis use and disordered eating; and 3) the relationships between poly-substance use and post-operative health behaviors. Preliminary analyses have been published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), the Official Journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Brazilian Society for Bariatric Surgery, and the Asociacion Latinoamericana de Cirujanos Endoscopistas. Analyses on the remaining aims are currently underway. This study was funded by the Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research.