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MBSAQIP updates programme standards for patients with BMI>25

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint quality programme of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), has released its third version of programme standards to take effect in October 2019.

Obesity Society updates position on obesity as a chronic disease

The Obesity Society (TOS) has updated its 2008 position statement on obesity and has classified obesity as a worldwide, non-communicable chronic disease.

The experts have their say…

The 2nd Gore Expert Obesity Meeting was held at WL Gore and Associates’ Feldkirchen-Westerham location, in Germany, from September 19-20, 2018. The meeting provided surgical specialists from around the world the opportunity to interact, debate and share their experiences with European experts in bariatric and metabolic surgery. Topics under discussion included sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, SADI-S, revisional surgery and staple line reinforcement, as well as how to manage obesity-related condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, Hiatal hernia and abdominal wall repairs.

AABC developing standards for Centers of Therapeutic Excellence

The American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC) has announced it is developing Centers of Therapeutic Excellence (COTE) initiative. The AABC is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional fellowship association dedicated to the advancement of bariatric science education and to the enhancement of obesity care and treatment.

EASD-ADA issue guidelines on hyperglycaemia for T2DM

The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have produced an updated consensus statement on how to manage hyperglycaemia  in patients with type 2 diabetes. The consensus paper was co-published in Diabetologia, the journal of EASD, and Diabetes Care, the journal of the ADA, during the annual meeting of EASD in Berlin, Germany.

TOS recognises National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

The Obesity Society (TOS) has announced that it will host a variety of activities recognising National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September to help combat this disease and promote a healthier lifestyle. Children with obesity are at risk for health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

SBCBM and ASMBS discuss new pathways and future partnerships

On the first day of the XIX Brazilian Congress of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, held this Wednesday, June 6th, in Fortaleza, members of the Brazilian Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (SBCBM) and of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) discussed new pathways for bariatric/metabolic surgery and future partnerships in projects of common interest, during an integrative symposium.

Australia failing in efforts to prevent obesity

Australia's investment in life-saving health promotion programs now lags well behind many other comparable Western countries, according to an editorial by Professor Rob Moodie (University of Melbourne) and colleagues from the Obesity Policy Coalition and The Australian Health Policy Collaboration. The editorial, ‘ Australia’s health: being accountable for prevention’, is published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

UK parliamentary group publishes report on obesity services

A national (UK) obesity strategy for both adult and childhood obesity should be developed and implemented by the Government, with input from key stakeholders, according to a report from an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on obesity.

First restaurant in Ireland and UK to support WLS Guide Members

The Savoy Hotel in Limerick, Ireland, has become the first restaurant in Ireland and UK to support WLS Guide Members who request help with smaller portions of food. According to the WLS, 51% of people in the UK are overweight and 13 million have obesity - last year an estimated 5,500 5people had bariatric surgery on the NHS for weight loss management.  These people will forever need to watch what they eat and their portion sizes.

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