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The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, according to a major study on how three important heart disease risk factors have changed across the world over the last three decades.

Snapshot of OECD

A September 2010 book from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), ‘Obesity and the economics of prevention: Fit not Fat’ examined the current obesity epidemic, presenting new comparative data, trends and projections across member countries and outlining causes and costs.

Book launch

Gastric Band and Beyond - maximise your weight loss is a unique book designed to be a motivator, a comforter and an inspiration for those struggling with their weight. It is a modern-day survival guide that will allow you to shed the pounds and maintain your weight loss, giving you energy and a new lease of life.

There is a wealth of literature out there in the medical world about the details and outcomes of weight loss surgery but actually the operation is only a small junction on the long, tortuous road to successful weight loss.

Patient Focus

We speak with Ken Clare, a 48-year old nurse who eight years ago underwent bariatric surgery, and has since founded the charity, Weight Loss Surgery Information and Support (WLSinfo). In this article, Ken describes his struggle with his weight, why he decided to set up the charity and discusses the highlights of the forthcoming ‘Bariatric surgery - Challenging the evidence’ meeting in Liverpool.

Understanding the obesity disease

In a Keynote Address at the inaugural British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society (BOMSS), held in London (January 2010), Professor Gerhard Prager (Vienna, Austria) discussed “Innovation and quality in bariatric surgery”. In his presentation, he highlighted how important it was that the bariatric community established standards to ensure the quality of procedures and patient outcomes.

Dietary Column

In this feature, I speak with Anne Wheeler, Lead Specialist Bariatric Dietician with Richard Welbourn's team at South West Bariatric (SWB) Group, Taunton, UK, about how the practice has grown and developed since it was launched six years ago. She discovers how the team has managed to move to a nurse and dietician led follow-up and why this method of practice is proving better for them and their patients.