Short-term pilot study of the effect of sleeve gastrectomy on food preference

Brandon S. Ammon, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Drake E. Bellanger
Paula J. Geiselman
Stefany D. Primeaux
Ying Yu
Frank L. Greenway


The effect of vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) on food preference has not been examined in humans, but VSG decreases preference for fat and calorically dense foods in rodents. A validated Food Preference Questionnaire (FPQ) assessed food preference changes before and 6 weeks after VSG in humans. The FPQ was completed before and 43 ± 19 days (Mean ± SD) after VSG. Fifteen subjects (14 females) completed the study. Hedonic ratings decreased for foods high in fat and sugar (p = 0.002) and high in fat and complex carbohydrate (p = 0.007). Fat preference (p = 0.048) decreased, VSG reduced preference for calorically dense foods high in fat, sugar, and complex carbohydrate, and these changes may contribute to the weight loss with VSG.