Obese people have less sensitive taste buds than normal-weight people, but bariatric surgery may increase their taste sensitivity in addition to helping them shed pounds, finds new research from Stanford University School of Medicine.
In a study presented at the 31st annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery this week, researchers followed a group of 88 patients, with an average age of about 49, who were mostly female and had an average preoperative body mass index (BMI) of 45.3. A BMI of 30 or greater indicates an obese weight, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Study author Dr. John M. Morton pursued the research after noticing in his clinical practice that many patients reported alterations in their perception of taste following bariatric surgery, but little evidence exists as to how and why the changes affect weight loss after surgery.
By Nicole Kwan
Excerpt from FoxNews.com