• Addiction;
  • bariatric surgery;
  • nurse;
  • obesity

PURPOSE:  Determinants of morbid obesity are complex and numerous, yet understanding the neurobiological underpinnings improves our knowledge of this serious issue. Emerging science supports a comparison of disordered eating with other addictive substances.

DESIGN AND METHODS:  The study used a sub-analysis of a cross-sectional study of nurses in a state-monitoring program.

FINDINGS:  A study of 173 participants in a state-monitoring program for impaired nurses revealed that 14% (n= 25) had undergone bariatric surgery. Of these, 17 developed an addiction after surgery.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  Evidence suggests that some individuals may require additional treatment, similar to those with pharmacological addictions.