Dear Bariatric Times friends and colleagues: I was glued to the radio trying to figure out what was going on with the stock market (bad idea) when I came across a very interesting radio show on WLRN (public radio and television for South Florida) that discussed the increased prevalence of obesity in France. The French, […]
Dear Bariatric Times friends and colleagues: I am sure that all readers who attended the 28th annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) in Orlando, Florida last month would agree that it was an excellent meeting. I enjoyed it despite the fact that I hate Orlando!
Another Study Suggests Patients are at Risk of Developing Transfer of Addiction after Bariatric Surgery Reminding Us, Yet Again, of the Importance of Follow Up
Dear Bariatric Times fans: The detrimental health implications of the obesity disease as well as the dramatic benefits and unusual side effects of bariatric surgery inducing weight loss and remission of comorbidities have made the headlines again in the past month.
Report Shows Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy has Morbidity and Effectiveness Positioned Between the Band and the Bypass
Dear Bariatric Times fans: I would like to start this editorial by commenting on the article by Bartholomay on weight loss surgery in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). There is a large patient population in the United States whom cannot receive kidney transplants because they have morbid obesity. Not only is obesity a risk […]
Dear Bariatric Times fans: I’d like to start this editorial by briefly mentioning two articles on obesity and its treatment. The first article by Poirier et al details the scientific statement from the American Heart Association on bariatric surgery and cardiovascular risk, which states that people with severe obesity benefit from weight loss surgery. The […]
Editorial Message—Worldwide Obesity Rates Doubled Over Past Three Decades: Dietary Habits and Physical Activity Partly to Blame
Dear friends, colleagues, and readers of Bariatric Times: As I opened Google news this morning, I found an article in the healthcare news section entitled “Worldwide Obesity Doubled Over Past Three Decades.” What a great start for my monthly editorial. The article comes to the conclusion that changes in both dietary habits and physical activity […]
Editorial Message—Research Shows that Starting Children with Breastfeeding Alone during the Early Months Prevents Obesity Later in Life
Dear Readers: Happy New Year! I hope you all are having a good start to 2011. Our first issue of 2011 discusses several important subjects related to the pre- and postoperative care of bariatric patients. I congratulate Drs. Youdim and Mathur who contributed two excellent articles based on sessions presented at the “Comprehensive Approach to […]
Editorial Message—United States Food and Drug Administration Recommends Extending Gastric Band Use to Patients with Body Mass Index Between 30 and 35kg/m2
Dear Readers: I have some great news to share with you as we finish the year 2010. The 10-member United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee voted overwhelmingly to recommend the agency grant the request from Allergan Inc. (Irvine, California) to market its Lap-Band device to individuals with a body mass index (BMI) […]
Patient Follow Up: A Critical Component of Bariatric Surgery