Posts Tagged ‘bariatric surgery’

Ten Expectations for 2017 in Obesity, Food, and Health

January 1, 2017 — The new year brings new expectations. Sure, we always have new diet, nutrition, and weight loss fashions. But, in thinking about obesity and health, we can also expect some more substantive changes. Here’s our top ten for 2017. 1. More “Less Added Sugar.” Already, the pressure to avoid sugar was on. Now, new labeling for added sugar will dial […]

Getting a Grip on the Reality of Bariatric Surgery

December 28, 2016 — One of the Top 10 Advances of 2016 in obesity and health is better, more meaningful reporting. Gina Kolata of the New York Times has been producing outstanding reports on obesity for nearly a year. She continued yesterday with an in-depth story about the reality of bariatric surgery. Her latest report is the story of […]

Top 10 Advances of 2016 in Obesity and Health

December 26, 2016 — If you’re looking for signs of progress in obesity and health, you can find it in 2016. Obesity is a tough nut to crack, so we don’t have breakthroughs and cures to report – yet. What we have is solid advances that will make life and health better for people concerned about obesity. Here’s our […]

Nine Key Outcomes for Metabolic Surgery

December 8, 2016 — The noise coming at a person considering metabolic and bariatric surgery can be deafening. Intense emotions about these procedures can influence personal decision making and even the scientific literature. The best antidote is to focus on the facts. A new study in PLOS Medicine provides a well-validated set of nine key outcomes for metabolic surgery. The […]

Guarding the Floodgates Against Obesity Care

November 13, 2016 — Last week we met a brave physician guarding the floodgates of demand for obesity care. He told us: “If all the patients that need bariatric surgery demanded it, they would bankrupt our health system.” This is a jarring perspective from a primary care physician in leadership at a large, nonprofit health plan. He confirmed that they are quite […]

If Health Plans Limit Bariatric Surgery, Are Lives at Risk?

November 1, 2016 — Among the top ten papers to be presented in the ASMBS portion of ObesityWeek 2016 on Wednesday is a case-control study of long-term mortality after bariatric surgery. We expect no big surprises in this study, just another set of compelling data affirming the survival benefit conferred by bariatric surgery documented in the landmark Swedish Obese […]

ObesityWeek: The Latest on Surgical Obesity Care

October 25, 2016 — The world’s leading experts in surgical obesity care will be presenting the latest advances in surgical obesity care at ObesityWeek beginning Monday in New Orleans. Already one of the most potent tools for treating obesity, surgery is evolving into a critical tool for putting type 2 diabetes into remission. With broader indications for surgery, research on […]

Obesity Score 3-2 for the Affordable Care Act

September 18, 2016 — Speaking at the 13th Annual Bariatric Summit in Nashville yesterday, Ted Kyle tallied a score of three pluses and two minuses for people living with obesity under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. On the plus side of the ledger, Kyle identified three key gains: More People Have Insurance. For the first time in recent history, […]

Prioritizing Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Care

September 12, 2016 — As the epidemic of type 2 diabetes has grown in parallel with unprecedented rates of obesity, physicians have long prioritized controlling blood glucose over helping a patient manage his weight. Type 2 diabetes care typically takes priority over obesity care in a primary care setting. In some ways, this has been a perfectly rational choice for […]

Bariatric Surgery: Caution or Fear?

September 2, 2016 — An impressive new study of ten-year outcomes for bariatric surgery makes us wonder whether it’s caution or fear that is holding people back from choosing to have bariatric surgery. Caution makes perfect sense in thinking about this surgery. Fears are not such good guides. The new study shows that bariatric surgery patients in the VA system […]