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Snapshot of India

In this issue, our ‘Snapshot’ features Mumbai in India, and a recent report examined the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in the city. In India, epidemiologists and international agencies have been sounding an alarm on the rapidly rising burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) for the past 15 years. It is estimated that by 2020, CVD will be the largest cause of disability and death in India, with 2.6 million Indians predicted to die due to CVD.

Spotlight on Canada

A joint report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Public Health Agency of Canada, entitled ‘Obesity in Canada 2011’, examines how obesity rates vary across Canada, who is most at risk and possible actions to address it. Based on body mass index (BMI) calculations, the study reports that more than one in four adults (estimates range from 24.3%-25.4%) in Canada and just less than one in 11 children are considered obese.

International Bariatric Club

The International Bariatric Club (IBC) is currently the third largest bariatric organisation after the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Brazilian Society for Bariatric Surgery. In 2008, the concept of the IBC was born through the visions of Dr Tomasz Rogula, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA), Dr. Raul Rosenthal, Professor of Surgery (Cleveland Clinic, Florida, USA) and Dr. Philip Schauer, Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Fellowship experiences

The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA is considered one of the leading bariatric surgery units in the world. Haris Khwaja was selected after competitive interview whilst a Fourth Year SpR for the one year Advanced Laparoscopy/Bariatric Fellowship commencing from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. Here, he writes about his experiences.

Philip James

Professor Philip James is the co-founder of the International Obesity Task Force and current president of the International Association for the Surgery of Obesity.

Rudolf A Weiner

We talk to Professor Rudolf A Weiner, President of the forthcoming XVI IFSO World Congress in Hamburg, Germany, who discusses his achievements, the challenges facing bariatric and metabolic surgery and the meeting in Hamburg...

eBook launch

The ebook series Bariatric Nutrition Essentials evolved after years of patients asking Sally if there were recipe books available for people undergoing bariatric surgery. We know anybody can write a recipe book. There are thousands on the market, even some aimed at those who have had weight loss surgery. So how is this series different? In this series Sally has combined appetising, healthy and simple recipes, the knowledge of a dietitian and many of the lessons learned from working with bariatric clients over the years. 

Post-surgery treatment

The biokinetic exercise class we offer post-bariatric patients at the Charing Cross Hospital Sports Club Swimming Pool has a few names. Carel LeRoux (Imperial NHS) calls it an exercise clinic in order to emphasize the clinical aspect.

I like to call it the Aqua Club, in order to emphasize the community and play up the unique benefits of the belonging to a club to a patient group who may previously have only perceived themselves as belonging to the “fat club”.

Bariatric App

There are over 300,000 different applications (‘apps’) available to download from iTunes and these apps allow users to perform a whole range of activities from playing games to ordering shopping. There is even an app for patients who have had bariatric surgery or are considering it. Called ‘BariMate’, it is one of the first weight management apps written specifically for bariatric surgery patients. BariMate designer, Dr Leon Cohen, Mercy Bariatrics, Perth, Australia, talks about the benefits of the application.

National Bariatric Surgery Registry

The First National Bariatric Surgery Report is the first comprehensive, prospective, nationwide analysis of outcomes from bariatric surgery in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The report is the result of the data collected by the National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR). The outcomes from the report were presented for the first time at the Royal College of Surgeons’ ‘Improving performance through outcomes’ seminar on 13th April 2011. Mr Richard Welbourn (Taunton, UK) who authored the dataset and is the lead author of the report began by outlining the stark reality of obesity epidemic in...