| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:39 AM
Bariatric surgeon David Salzberg can reel off a list of life-threatening problems associated with morbid obesity. They include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint pain, depression and elevated rates of cancer.
"Twenty percent of...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 4:34 PM
By Susan J. WhiteNorthShore University HealthSystem More than half of the adult population in the United States is overweight and an estimated one-third of American …...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 4:23 PM
While bariatric surgery has improved the health and quality of life for many patients with weight-related illnesses, it does not increase the short-term survival of severely obese older men, a recent study published in the Journal of the American...
| Oct 9, 2010
| 11:52 AM
The country is down to onededicated, prescription obesity medication -- the not-too-pleasantXenical -- since Friday's announcement that Meridiawill be removed from the market due to an increased risk ofheart problems among people with cardiovascular...
| Oct 10, 2010
| 12:09 PM
News from the Obesity Society annual meeting in San Diego:
-- Doctors have tried inserting a balloon into the stomach to make a person feel full so he won't eat as much and will lose weight. Now scientists are turning to a similar strategy that...
| Mar 19, 2010
| 11:52 AM
Right now the laparoscopic gastric band, or "lap band," is FDA-approved only for people age 18 and older.
But a new study is adding to the medical evidence that it could help much younger teens who have tried and failed to keep off excess weight with...
| Apr 23, 2010
Professional figure athelte Katina Maistrellis is working out for her next competition and will soon restrict her diet to a thousand calories a day for an entire week.
She's aware that health experts say crash dieting can unhealthy or even deadly.
| May 14, 2010
Stacie Smith is having weight loss surgery--again. Her first surgery was gastric band but that simply didn't work--so Friday at Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas she had another procedure, this time gastric bypass.
"I had a procedure done a few...
| May 24, 2010
On the A&E show " Kirstie Alley's Big Life," the star sits in bed, working on her laptop and talking to her kids about her weight. "Does it upset you that I'm fat?" she asks them. "No," they both reply, the end of the word going up slightly the way it...
| May 26, 2010
The number of bariatric surgeries in the U.S. skyrocketed from 13,386 in 1998 to 220,000 in 2008, but a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that the nations hospitals have wide...
| Jul 20, 2010
Quick. Multiply your weight in pounds by 703. Divide that number by your height in inches. Divide that number by your height in inches again. That number is your BMI ... Body Mass Index.
If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, your weight is considered...
| Apr 14, 2010
After spending the majority of her 48 years trying to slim down, Veronica Mahaffey was still 50 pounds overweight - not morbidly obese but still far from the size she wanted. Worried about her health, she called a San Diego weight-loss surgery clinic last...