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Table 1 Characteristics of Focus Group Participants

From: Understanding the psychosocial impact of weight loss following bariatric surgery: a qualitative study

  No. Percent (Column)
Total Participants 77 100.0%
Female 69 89.6%
Age (Mean) 48.8
Race
 White 50 64.9%
 African American 16 20.8%
 Other / Not-Reported 11 14.3%
Procedure Type
 Sleeve Gastrectomy 25 32.5%
 Gastric bypass 22 28.6%
 Lap-Band 20 26.0%
 Duodenal Switch 10 13.0%
Time Since Surgery
 Less than 1 Year 20 26.0%
 1 to 2 Years 9 11.7%
 2 to 3 Years 12 15.6%
 3 to 4 Years 12 15.6%
 4 to 5 Years 6 7.8%
 More than 5 years 15 19.5%
Marital Status
 Married 49 63.6%
 Widowed 8 10.4%
 Divorced 7 9.1%
 Single 2 2.6%
Education Level
 High School Graduate 8 10.4%
 Some College 30 39.0%
 College Graduate 14 18.2%
 Graduate Degree 13 16.9%
Employment Status
 Working 50 64.9%
 Retired 6 7.8%
 Disabled 5 6.5%
 In-School 2 2.6%
 Homemaker 2 2.6%
Income
 Less than $25,000 7 9.1%
 $25,000 to $49,999 22 28.6%
 $50,000 to $75,000 12 15.6%
 More than $75,000 24 31.2%
Any Psychiatric Diagnosis * 35 49.3%
 Bi-polar diagnosis 1 1.4%
 Anxiety diagnosis 11 15.5%
 Depression diagnosis 32 45.1%
 Substance Abuse 2 2.8%
 Eating Disorder 0 0.0%
 Other psych diagnosis 0 0.0%
Weight Loss**
  Mean Std. Dev.
 1 Year Absolute wt. loss, lbs. 91.0 37.2
 1 year % wt. lost 32.0 10.4
 1 year % excess wt. lost 63.9 21.8
  1. *Data on psychologic diagnoses at the time of surgery was available for 71 of our patients. **1-year follow data regarding weight loss was available for 52 of the patients who participated in our study