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BMI and KOSC scores key to patient’s treatment choice

BMI has been reported to be the strongest of King’s Obesity Staging Criteria (KOSC) -domain associated with the choice of subsequent bariatric surgery after a shared decision making process, according to researchers from Norway and the UK.

Physicians less likely to build a rapport with obese patients

Researchers from Johns Hopkins researchers have reported that physicians build much less of an emotional rapport with their overweight and obese patients, compared with their patients of normal weight. Writing in the journal Obesity, they found that patient weight played no role in the quantity of physicians' medical questions, medical advice, counselling or treatment regimen discussions.

Surgery results in positive health and social changes

Bariatric patients reported an overall improvement in quality of life issues after surgery, according to a study by Arizona State University researchers presented at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

The paper, “Social and Health Changes Following Bariatric Surgery,” assessed how bariatric patients felt post-surgery. The researchers collected data from 213 patients, aged from 26 to 73 years old (average age 50), via a self-selected sample of participants in an online support group.

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