| Nov 23, 2011
| 2:39 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Minimally-invasive weight-loss procedures seem to be safer than open bariatric surgery, according to researchers who analyzed past studies comparing the two methods.
The new report suggests that so-called laparoscopic...
| Nov 30, 2011
Renee Wilson was all smiles during her 2008 appearance on the television reality show The Biggest Loser-- and why not? During the six month process she lost 106 pounds and finished in 4th place.
"It was very successful," Renee recalled but added. "It was...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 5:34 AM
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- The state has launched an investigation into Lap-Band surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign.
Insurance giant Aetna says the California Department of Insurance is looking into allegations of fraud against its...
| Dec 14, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration has accused the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company of using misleading advertising in its promotion of Lap-Band weight-loss surgery, saying the billboard, radio and television ads underplay serious risks to patients.
| Jun 10, 2011
| 7:10 AM
Wishard Hospital has stopped performing bariatric surgeries, which are now being shifted to other hospital groups around Central Indiana. Instead of offering the stomach bypass procedures, Wishard representatives said the hospital will focus on...
| Jan 22, 2012
Several current or former workers for the people behind those 1-800-GET-THIN ads have made allegations about this weight-loss enterprise that government regulators should have gotten to the bottom of long ago. Taken together, the allegations are that...
| Jan 31, 2012
Weight-loss surgeons from across the United States are attempting to distance themselves from surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising for Lap-Band surgery.
In a letter to House members considering a congressional investigation of...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 6:39 PM
Cicelyann Perkins is a shadow of her former self--just a few short years ago she was much heavier--those were the days before her weight loss surgery in 2007.
"Going in I think I was 246," Cicelyann said with a laugh. "I try not to remember that--as of...
| Jan 18, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Weight-loss surgery is becoming more popular, as reported earlier this month in the Los Angeles Times. A study published today shows that the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks for many severely obese people. Researchers at the University of...
| Nov 24, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Fifty international scientific and medical experts have issued a "consensus statement" declaring that bariatric surgery should be considered a treatment option for patients with Type 2 diabetes, even if they are not extremely obese. The new guidelines,...
| Mar 12, 2009
"Somebody is trying to steal the show," says Rachel Nichols.
That somebody is her 7 month old son Ian. In December 2006, Rachel had gastric bypass surgery. At 262 pounds, she wanted to lose weight. She did, and soon after, had Ian.
"I was in a very...
| Mar 17, 2009
The unemployment rate is through the roof. Nationwide, it's something like eight percent. In California, it's ten percent. Many people are having to work hard to find work. One north Texas woman had weight loss surgery and then found a job. She had the...