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Table 2 Number of participants to deteriorate, stay the same or improve from before to after bariatric surgery for each obesity-specific symptom

From: Further psychometric validation of the BODY-Q: ability to detect change following bariatric surgery weight gain and loss

Obesity-specific symptoms Deteriorate Stay same Improve
-3 −2 −1 0 +1 +2 +3
1. Feeling tired during the day 0 1 6 20 18 2 2
2. Back pain 0 2 4 25 12 5 0
3. Joint pain 0 1 6 23 7 11 1
4. Leg pain or discomfort 0 2 3 18 14 9 3
5. Feeling off balance 0 1 9 17 19 3 0
6. Feeling weak 0 0 7 23 15 4 0
7. Short of breath with mild exercise 0 0 1 12 22 7 7
8. Swollen feet 0 0 7 18 15 8 1
9. Skin rash or infection 0 3 4 30 6 5 1
10. Too much perspiration 0 1 3 27 15 1 2
  1. Note: Missing data ranged up to 6 per item