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12:44 07/09/14 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

Just in case you missed any news last month, these were the 10 most read articles on in August 2014 including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

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...(more)

Sex and age significantly impact surgical outcomes

Patient gender and age significantly contribute to the success of bariatric surgery in a procedure-dependent manner, according to a study, 'Age- and sex-specific effects on weight loss outcomes in a comparison of sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a retrospective cohort study', published in BMC Obesity. The outcomes could have important implications for patients when choosing which surgery to receive...(more)

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after surgery

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after non-cardiac surgery, according to a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia. They believe their results warrant further study to see if giving vitamin D supplementation before surgery can reduce the risk of these adverse outcomes...(more)

Differences between how the rich and poor lose weight

Where you live and deprivation levels can affect your efforts to lose weight according to a study from the University of Sheffield, which found that people from wealthy areas are more likely to have used slimming clubs than people from more deprived areas. The study also found that those from more deprived areas are more likely to have used weight-loss medications than their richer neighbours...(more)

09:19 29/07/14 | Anonymous (not verified) |

Bariatric Professionals and ASMBS: Are You Putting Patients First?

Surgeons, integrated health professionals, and other weight loss surgery advocates share a common goal: to use weight loss surgery to treat patients with obesity. We all agree that patients do not deserve to feel hopeless in their fight against obesity. They merit the best medical support that we can provide to help them fight obesity and become healthier.

Most surgeons and integrated health professionals are working hard, day in and day out, to help patients meet their goals. However, there is still room for improvement as we work to carry out the mission of the ASMBS. By working together productively, presenting a unified front, and putting patients first, we can make far greater strides towards fighting obesity than treating the field of bariatrics like a competition.

Functions of ASMBS

ASMBS is the leading national body for bariatric surgery whose purpose is “to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases.” It pursues its purpose in the following ways.

  • “Advancing the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery and increase public understanding of obesity.
  • Fostering collaboration between health professionals on obesity and related diseases.
  • Providing leadership in metabolic and bariatric surgery the multidisciplinary management of obesity.
  • Advocating for health care policy that ensures patient access to prevention and treatment of obesity.
  • Serving the educational needs of our members, the public and other professionals.”

But what happens when the ASMBS goes off course? What if we make patient healthcare decisions based on subjective data rather than hard science? What if we stop sharing our experiences with each other and keep our knowledge secret? What if we don’t bother to reach out to other bariatric healthcare specialists to ensure that our patients receive the services they need? If we don’t work together, we might see:

  • Lack of progress in refining and advancing surgical techniques.
  • Stalled growth in our base of scientific knowledge regarding patient outcomes.
  • Poor patient outcomes due to lack of comprehensive support.

A Divided Voice is a Weak One

Unchecked fighting amongst ourselves does a disservice to the field of bariatric surgery and to bariatric surgery patients and candidates. It weakens our collective voice, making us less influential. An inability to present a unified front harms the very patients that we are trying to protect.

12:38 06/07/14 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

Just in case you missed any news last month, these were the 10 most read articles on in June 2014 including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

Study links Helicobacter pylori treatment to weight gain

People treated for the Helicobacter pylori infection developed significant weight gain compared to subjects with untreated H pylori colonisation, suggesting that treating the bacteria is linked to weight gain, according to research published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics…(more)

Depression linked to obesity, drugs linked to weight gain

Two studies have provided new insights into the issue surrounding depression, antidepressants and obesity. The first concludes that major depressive disorder (MDD) appears to be associated with obesity, whilst a second paper reports that some antidepressants can lead to weight gain among patients…(more)

Surgery reduces cancer rates but reasons unknown

Bariatric surgery induced weight loss can help reduce the risk of cancer to rates almost similar to those of people of normal weight, according to the findings of the first comprehensive review published in Obesity Surgery. The review, which takes into account relevant studies about obesity, cancer rates and bariatric surgery, concluded that the reasons for the findings were unknown but likely associated with weight loss or better awareness/diagnosis post-surgery…(more)

Nutritional guidance is essential post-surgery

The intake of macronutrients increases three months post-surgery but the micronutrient intake remains at a ‘worryingly low level’ and it is essential that nutritional guidance is provided to patients following bariatric surgery, according to researchers from Belgium...(more)

08:05 30/06/14 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

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

Highlights in the latest issue include a message from IFSO’s president, Luigi Angrisani, who welcomes the Canadian, Azerbaijan, Norwegian Society and Iranian societies for the obesity and metabolic surgery.

In an update from the European Chapter of IFSO, and new Chapter president, Mr Alberic Fiennes and EC-Congress President, Luc Lemmens, report from a successful European Chapter meeting in Bruxelles, Belgium, which was attended by more than 800 delegates from 48 countries.

Professor Wej-Jei Lee, President of the Asian-Pacific Chapter, reports from Thailand and the 2014 APMBSS Conference, as well as the 7th edition of the Asian Consensus meeting on Metabolic Surgery (ACMOMS) held in the Indian city of Udaipur.

Dr Jaime Ponce, President of the North American Chapter, looks back on the ASMBS Spring Event in Miami, “a thought-provoking educational event” that included Advanced Bariatric Life Support and Fundamentals, an Obesity Medicine Course (hosted by the American Society for Bariatric Physicians), CBN certification, roundtables, videos, labs, and hot topics and debates. He also looks forward to the second Obesity Week meeting to be held in Boston, in November 2014.

Drs Estuardo J Behrens (Executive Director IFSO Latin American Chapter) and Natan Zundel (President of the Latin American Chapter) report from the Intermedial Congress of IFSO LAC, held in Mendoza, Argentina, from May 21-24, as well as the creation of a new website of the Chapter,

There is also an update on the forthcoming IFSO World Congress meeting from Michel Gagner President of the IXX IFSO Congress, which has had over 1,000 abstracts submitted and will have live surgeries from three continents, nine different Postgraduate Courses, 16 symposia and 23 sessions.

There is also congress updates from Karl Miller, President of the XX IFSO Congress, and Ricardo Cohen, President of the XXI IFSO Congress.

Click here to access the newsletter from the IFSO website.