World Obesity Day, an opportunity to highlight the importance and success of treatment

Thursday, March 4, 2021, will again mark World Obesity Day, an annual event which draws attention to obesity, the many diseases on which it impacts, and the importance of prevention and treatment.

Individuals, healthcare providers and health organisations will be taking part, including many hospitals, clinics and obesity treatment centres.

Obesity contributes to 40% mortality gap between Black and white women with early breast cancer

In an analysis of women with early breast cancer, Black women had higher rates of obesity and other health conditions that can affect survival, compared with white women. The findings, 'Obesity, comorbidities and treatment selection in Black and White women with early breast cancer', were published in the journal Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS).

SADI-S vs OAGB-MGB: comparable outcomes but SADI-S may favour GERD patients

A retrospective study comparing single anastomosis duodeno-ileostomy (SADI-S) and one anastomosis gastric bypass (OAGB-MGB), as a revisional procedure after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, has reported that comparable outcomes in terms of weight and BMI loss, remission of comorbidities and nutritional deficiency in short-to-medium term follow-up. However, SADI-S seems to cause fewer upper gastrointestinal complications and even looks a good option for patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) post-primary LSG.

MBSAQIP partners with CMMI to offer a new verification measure as part of its bundled payment programme

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) have partnered with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to offer a new verification measure, the Bariatric Surgery Standards for Successful Programs, as part of CMMI’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI-A) programme. This partnership will offer meaningful quality measures for hospitals participating in the BPCI-A programme.

RYGB leads to long-term weight-independent diabetes remission

More than half of adults with type 2 diabetes had long-term remission following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery, according to researchers from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. They reported that greater weight-independent likelihood of diabetes remission after RYGB indicates mechanisms beyond weight loss are contributing to improved beta cell function after the procedure.

Vitamin D regulates calcium in distal segments of the intestine


Researchers at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School have reported Vitamin D regulates calcium in a section of the intestine that previously was thought not to have played a key role. The findings have important implications on how bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, may disrupt calcium regulation.

Bias could create an artifact of better outcomes resulting in the obesity paradox

Results of standard laboratory tests performed on adult outpatients to provide an overall picture of their health are fairly consistent between those with obesity and their leaner counterparts, investigators from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), Department of Pathology, have reported.

Adults with overweight or obesity do not recognise their weight issues

A cross-sectional analysis of NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) data has found that more than 40% of US adults with overweight and nearly 10% with obesity did not consider themselves to be overweight. This trend has increased over the last two decades and was especially true of non-Hispanic Blacks and persons with low socioeconomic status.