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Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Feb;67(2):168-73. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2012.208. Epub 2013 Jan 9.

Decreased energy density and changes in food selection following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

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Department of Gastrosurgical Research and Education, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden.



The main objective was to test the hypothesis that dietary energy density (DED) decreases after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (gastric bypass).


A total of 43 patients (31 women and 12 men) aged 43 (s.d. 10) years, with body mass index (BMI) 44.3 kg/m(2) (4.9), were assessed preoperatively at 6 weeks and 1 and 2 years after gastric bypass. Self-reported energy intake (EI), food weight (FW) and food choice were assessed using a dietary questionnaire. DED was calculated by dividing EI by FW (kcal/g). Number of dropouts was 4 of 203 visits.


Percent weight loss (%WL) was 13.5% at 6 weeks, 30.7% at 1 year and 31.8% at 2 years post surgery (P<0.001 for all). EI decreased from 2990 to 1774, 2131 and 2425 kcal after 6 weeks and 1 and 2 years postoperatively, respectively (P<0.001 at all time points). FW changed from 2844 to 1870 g/day at 6 weeks (P<0.001) and 2416 g/day after 1 year (P<0.05), but was not significantly different from baseline 2 years postoperatively (2602 g/day, P=0.105). DED decreased from 1.07 to 0.78 kcal/g at 6 weeks (P<0.001) and 0.90 kcal/g (P<0.001) and 0.96 kcal/g (P=0.001) after 1 and 2 years, respectively. All statistical comparisons were made from baseline. There was no correlation between changes in DED and %WL, neither after 1 year (r=-0.215; P=0.183) nor after 2 years (r=-0.046; P=0.775) post surgery.


Besides substantial reduction in EI and large variation in FW, patients reported decreased DED over 2 years following gastric bypass. Despite lack of association between the reduction in DED and percentage weight loss, changes in food choice were overall nutritionally beneficial.

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