Posts Tagged ‘bariatric surgery’

RCT: Metabolic Surgery Tops Best Medical Therapy

June 17, 2020 — A randomized controlled trial (RCT) in surgery is quite a challenge. For good reason, people are reluctant to sign up for a study in which they might randomly get surgery. Or not. Surgery is a big decision and leaving it to chance doesn’t sit well with most people. Yet an RCT is the very best […]

Pre-Op Weight Loss and Mortality, Cause and Effect

May 15, 2020 — It’s fascinating how readily people agree with the truth that correlation does not prove causation. Talk is cheap. But throw a study of correlation at them and poof! Caution evaporates. People leap from correlation to causality. So it is with a new study of pre-op weight loss and mortality after bariatric surgery. In JAMA Network […]

OCW2020: A Global Commitment to End Weight Stigma

March 4, 2020 — This is a remarkable day for two big reasons. For one thing, it marks the first ever unified Worldwide Obesity Day. That by itself is impressive enough. But even more impressive is a global commitment to end weight stigma, published late yesterday in Nature Medicine. This commitment, developed by 36 distinguished experts from all over […]

OCW2020: Taking a Real View of Obesity Care

March 3, 2020 — Let’s face it. We live in a culture that is obsessed with weight and body image. Cool Sculpting ads bombard us with the promise to target, freeze, and eliminate inconvenient fat cells. To “take you further.” But this and other cosmetic nonsense has nothing to do with a real view of obesity care. The point […]

Questions About Obesity, Surgery, and Colorectal Cancer

February 9, 2020 — If you want an example of extremely unhelpful health reporting, look no further than two reports this week on obesity, surgery, and colorectal cancer. Two different studies. Precisely opposite findings on a difficult subject. Very little perspective. Taken at face value, one can only conclude that surgery might add to the risk of colorectal cancer […]

Getting Real About Teen Bariatric Surgery Outcomes

January 26, 2020 — Back in October, the American Academy of Pediatrics made a bold statement. Teen bariatric surgery is an important, safe, and effective option for youth with severe obesity. Thus, we must solve problems with access to this care for many young people who need it. But a new study tells us that mere access to the […]

Ten Big Stories to Watch in 2020

December 30, 2019 — We’re launching a whole new decade on Wednesday. So it makes sense to step back for a moment and think about what the coming year will bring in obesity, nutrition, and health. We’ll be ready for surprises. Those are unpredictable. But we’re pretty sure that these big stories – already in play – will grab […]

Revisiting Gastric Sleeve and Bypass Surgeries

December 20, 2019 — One and done is a lovely turn of phrase. It’s also one of those sweet little lies about dealing with obesity. “You can lose the weight and keep it off for good.” That’s the seductive promise of a currently trendy weight loss app. It’s also implicit in the false positioning of bariatric surgery as a […]

Last Resort: A False Premise for Bariatric Surgery

December 10, 2019 — Entrenched habits die hard. So it is with treating bariatric surgery as a last resort. In case you had any doubt, a new study in PLOS Medicine provides more reason to rethink this is a false premise for bariatric surgery. Jans Anders and colleagues found that when more time passes between the onset of diabetes […]

Ten Years, Ten Milestones in Obesity and Health

December 9, 2019 — We’re just about done with this decade that started in 2010. And if you look back over these ten years, it’s plain to see that we’ve marked some big milestones in obesity and health. Here are ten that stand out. No doubt, others will seem big to you. So please, use the comment function below […]