Can Support Groups Help Me Lose Weight?

Apr 25, 2017

Research shows that by attending bariatric support groups, a person is four times more likely to have successful weight loss outcome in comparison to those who do not attend support groups.  In addition, studies show that those who attend support groups have greater weight loss success. 


We all know that it isn’t easy to manage our weight in this country, which is why our Obesity disease rates have soared over the past several decades.  Therefore, having various means of support is essential in achieving weight loss success long term. 


At SCObesity, our goal with support groups is to help patients develop a sense of connection and support among their peers. 

In addition, a support group will offer ……

  • Motivation
  • Learn proper eating patterns before and after bariatric surgery
  • Offer a bridge between “oneself” and “others”
  • Provide additional education
  • Help cope with stress and prevent old habits from resurfacing
  • Fun and safe environment with peers that “get it.”  This is a place where anything goes and you are not judged!


When are Support Groups?  1st Tuesday of every month 

2017 dates - May 2nd, June 6th, July 11th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, and December 5th

Where are they located? In the front lobby at SCObesity Surgery Center

 Lexington Medical Park 2, Suite 430 (146 North Hospital Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169)

 What time? 6pm -7:30 or 8pm

Who can comeAnyone 

We welcome all patients to attend prior to surgery, after surgery, patients who have had surgery outside our practice, and all support people.  

What if I cannot attend a support groupOnline access at

Follow these steps to access support group online.  You can view support group “live” and interact with questions/comments OR access it to review at any time.  
Take these steps to access: 
Go to  >> click on events >> click on support group (you can click on any support group date) >> click on you may register to attend online >> complete the form and agree to terms of service

Farrah WigandTake the next step in achieve success and attend our group.  We look forward to seeing you!

For questions or comments, email me Farrah Wigand, RD, LD

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