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07:24 09/03/15 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

Over 18,000 visitors read articles on in February 2015 - thanks for reading! Just in case you missed any news last month, these were the 10 most read articles on in February 2015 including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

Obesity cannot be cured with just diet and exercise

A leading group of obesity experts writing in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology has questioned the mantra of 'eat less and move more' in combating obesity. In the paper, ‘Treating obesity seriously: when recommendations for lifestyle change confront biological adaptations’, the authors argue that obesity is a chronic disease with largely biological causes that cannot be cured with just diet and exercise...(more)

Highly processed foods linked to addictive eating

A University of Michigan (U-M) study has concluded that highly processed foods such as chocolate, pizza and French fries are among the most addictive. This is thought to be one of the first studies to examine specifically which foods may be implicated in ‘food addiction’, which has become of growing interest to scientists and consumers in light of the obesity epidemic...(more)

Single-anastomosis bypass – an attractive alternative?

According to a paper published in the Scandinavian Journal of Surgery, the single-anastomosis gastric bypass “may be an attractive alternative metabolic operation”. Also known as the one-anastomosis gastric bypass or mini gastric bypass, the procedure can result in a shorter operative time, fewer short- and long-term complications, improved and sustained excess weight loss and is more effective in terms of resolutions of comorbidities compared to standard RYGB, the paper states...(more)

DS betters RYGB for patients with BMI 50-60

02:41 09/02/15 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

Over 21,000 visitors read articles on in January 2015 - thanks for reading! Just in case you missed any news last month, these were the 10 most read articles on in January 2015 including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

Bariatric patients could face employer discrimination

Employers are more likely to hire someone who has lost weight through exercise and dieting than through surgery, according a study by Dr Robert Carels of East Carolina University. Carels and his team claim their paper, published in journal Obesity Surgery, shows that this is just one of the stigmas faced by patients who undergo bariatric surgery...(more)

Bariatric surgery associated with longer survival

Obese people seem likely to live longer if they have bariatric surgery compared to those patients who do not have surgery, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, which included 2,500 obese patients and nearly 7,500 matched controls, concluded that surgical patients had a 53 percent lower risk of dying from any cause at five to 14 years after the procedure...(more)

Bypass patients can teach us how to lose weight

A researcher from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, claims that patients who have been through gastric bypass surgery can teach medical professionals important lessons about weight loss. In particular, Line Hillersdal, who has just defended her PhD thesis at University of Copenhagen's cross-disciplinary research project Governing Obesity, said that if as a society we are to change our eating habits, we need to take into consideration the experiences we have had with our favourite foods, so that eating remains linked with quality of life...(more)

10:08 11/01/15 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

2014 was another busy year for, from 1st January to 31st December 2014 we had over 155,000 visitors to the site - thank you for visiting Bariatric News!

Just in case you missed any of the top stories from last year, here are the ‘Top Ten’ most read articles on in 2014…

Bariatric surgery causes remission of food addiction

Bariatric surgery-induced weight loss induces remission of food addiction and improves several eating behaviours that are associated with the condition in extreme obesity, according to the study published in the journal Obesity. Although, bariatric surgery is believed to be one most effective available weight loss therapy for obesity and impacts on patients desire to eat, it is not known whether it can affect food addiction in patients who meet diagnostic criteria for the condition before surgery...(more)

Study supports staple line reinforcement for LSG

The use of the bioabsorbable staple line reinforcement material may decrease life-threatening leaks after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), according to a single centre study of over 500 patients published in Obesity Surgery. Gastric leakage from the staple line is a life-threatening complication of LSG, however there is some debate as to whether buttressing the staple line with a reinforcement material reduces leaks. Several methods of reinforcement are utilised for preventing leaks and bleeding after LSG, such as oversewing the staple line, applying a fibrin sealant, and using a buttressing material...(more)

FXR receptor key to success of sleeve gastrectomy

The therapeutic value of vertical sleeve gastrectomy is not a result of the mechanical restriction of a smaller stomach but the result of increased circulating bile acids that are known to bind to the nuclear receptor farsenoid-X receptor (FXR), according to researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC), the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center...(more)

Metabolic Surgery – A randomized controlled trial

12:49 06/01/15 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders has published its December 2014 newsletter, which is now available to download from the IFSO website.

Highlights in the latest issue include a message from IFSO’s president Rudolph Weiner, who discusses the incredible impact ‘metabolic’ surgery has had in combating conditions such as diabetes, and although questions remain about which procedure has the best long term outcome, it is clear that there has been an increase in the performance rate and outcomes for surgeons and patients, respectively.

In the last few months for 2014, IFSO also welcomes several new member societies including the Azerbaijan Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Association (ABMSA), the Canadian Association of Bariatric and Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS), the Chinese Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Group Of HKASO, the Iranian Society for the Surgery of Obesity and the Norwegian Society for the Surgery of Obesity.

Joan Pujol Rafols, Chairman of the Communications & Development Committee, discusses the latest developments within the European Chapter and also reports on the 8th Frankfurter Meeting which had 550+ participants from more than 50 countries.

Wej-Jei Lee, President of the Asian Pacific Chapter, looks forward to April's IFSO-APC 2015 meeting in Goyang, Korea. The deadline for abstract submission is fast approaching (16th January). For further details, please visit the official website: or email:

Elsewhere in Asia, there were several congresses including the 5th ADSS (Asian Diabetes Surgery Summit) held in October in Taipei, as well as a Workshop on  Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery hosted by the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of Singapore (OMSSS) in Singapore on 21 November in conjunction with the IDF-WPR Congress 2014.

The recent OSSANZ Conference was held in November in Wellington, New Zealand attracting some 200 delegates. OSSANZ and ANZGOSA (Australia and New Zealand Oesophago Gastric Surgery Association) will be holding a combined Conference 7-9 October 2015 and will be held in Hamilton Island,

Queensland.  More information may be found on the website: