Posts Tagged ‘ASMBS’

Mortality Benefit in Surgery for Super Obesity?

February 20, 2015 — A new analysis of cross-sectional data for bariatric surgery patients provides a case study in the hazards of punchy headlines for complex medical issues. Daniel Schauer and colleagues constructed a model for survival benefits from bariatric surgery. Their model raises the possibility that bariatric surgery for super obesity (BMI>60 in this case) might not help people live longer. […]

Obesity Professionals Speak Out on Disabilities

January 28, 2015 — About a month ago, the highest court of the European Union touched off a fierce debate about the relationship between obesity and disabilities. Today, all of the major organizations with expertise in obesity have stepped forward to clear up some of the silliness that came out of that debate. The Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition, […]

Top Ten Observations from ObesityWeek 2014

November 10, 2014 — With most people back at home or off to their next meetings, observations from ObesityWeek are becoming memories and the basis for planning next year’s meeting in Los Angeles. From an informal poll of the best and brightest in obesity, here are the top ten observations from this intense experience of the week just past. Build […]

Tasteful Obesity

November 9, 2014 — New studies at ObesityWeek 2014 gave us pause to think about tasteful obesity — the intensity of experiencing food and the cravings created thereby. In particular, a study by incoming ASMBS president John Morton received particular attention. He and colleagues from Stanford found that reductions in taste intensity after weight loss surgery predicted significantly greater weight loss. […]

5 Things to Look for at ObesityWeek 2014

October 27, 2014 — With less that a week before the start of ObesityWeek 2014 on November 2 in Boston, it’s time to start thinking about how to get the most out of this amazing week. Obesity Science. You can be sure of a rich supply of new basic research. Two distinct tracks are entirely devoted to obesity science — […]

Obesity: Still Locked Out of Healthcare

August 27, 2014 — Many people with obesity still find themselves locked out of healthcare for the biggest threat to their health — obesity. How can this be, you ask? Didn’t the Affordable Care Act (ACA) solve all those problems? Not quite. Don McNay’s story illustrates the problem quite well and it’s well worth reading over at the Huffington […]

Three Steps for Dealing with Obesity

March 26, 2014 — The endocrinologists have gotten religion about dealing with obesity as a chronic disease. In 2011, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) adopted a position affirming that obesity is a complex, chronic disease. Ever since then, AACE has been showing up at every public forum that arises to affirm their support for addressing obesity as […]

No More Name-Calling

February 22, 2014 — Name-calling is something that civility puts out of bounds, especially when the subject is someone with a chronic disease or a disability. Decades have passed since it was permissible to demean people by labeling them with a disability or a chronic condition. Labels like “cripples,” “autistics,” and “epileptics” have — thankfully — passed out of […]

Your Top 9 in 2013: Obesity News that Mattered Most

December 28, 2013 — The obesity news that mattered the most to you in 2013 says a lot about the people who follow ConscienHealth. Number one on the list is “misleading reports of nutrition and obesity research.” Who would have guessed that integrity of research reporting would be at the top of your list. We’re glad we asked. Below […]

Three Take-Homes on Bariatric Surgery from Obesity Week

December 1, 2013 — Obesity Week 2013 provided rich new insights for bariatric surgery professionals, with three hot topics standing out, now that we have had time to consider what we heard. Long-Term Outcomes. An impressive range of diverse long-term outcome data provided insight into both long-term benefits of surgery and into dramatically different responses that people can have […]