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People who undergo bariatric surgery may be at risk of addictive behaviors such as compulsive gambling or drug or alcohol abuse. Learn more about addiction transference and how to spot the symptoms. 

Are you a compulsive shopper?

Are you a compulsive shopper?

Compulsive shopping is one of the three most common types of addiction faced by bariatric surgery patients, in addition to gambling and alcoholism.

Also known as compulsive-buying disorder, compulsive shopping can be just as addictive and destructive as drugs or alcohol, according to an article by MSN Money. It is often accompanied by other problems such as depression and eating disorders.

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Overeating Replaced With Other Compulsive Behaviors

Overeating Replaced With Other Compulsive Behaviors

Psychologists warn that unless emotional eaters seek counseling for the behaviors that initially contributed to their weight gain, they could be at risk of expressing their emotions in other destructive ways after bariatric surgery, such as alcoholism, gambling, promiscuity, or compulsive shopping.

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"Addiction transfer" phenomenon follows weight-loss surgery

"Addiction transfer" phenomenon follows weight-loss surgery

A growing number of weight-loss surgery patients are seeking help for new addictions, according to Natural News.

Some experts believe that overeating signifies deeper psychological problems that remain after surgery, and unless those issues are addressed, patients will continue to find new ways to fill their needs with other compulsive behaviors.

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Bypass to Addiction: Does Bypass Surgery Result in Additional Addictions?

Bypass to Addiction: Does Bypass Surgery Result in Additional Addictions?

Over the past several years, the concept of addiction transference as related to bariatric surgery has gained increasing attention from researches. Addiction transference is the action of trading one compulsive behavior for another. Weight-loss surgery patients who were previously filling a need with compulsive eating often acquire a new addiction, such as gambling, compulsive shopping, or alcoholism.

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