Obesity Survey

Surprising Misperceptions About Weight Status and Obesity Health Risks

Obesity SurveyAlthough the majority of the American public views obesity as a serious public health issue, a surprising number tend to misperceive their own weight status and do not fully understand all the health consequences of being obese, according to results from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey.

The results showed that nearly half of the overweight, but not obese, respondents misperceived their own weight status and thought their weight was about right. And while many of the respondents were aware of the link between obesity with heart disease and diabetes, most were less likely to mention other serious health impacts associated with being overweight or obese.

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Bariatric Coverage

Fight for Bariatric Coverage as Essential Benefit

Bariatric CoverageThe Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is in Washington DC today to host a Congressional Briefing on obesity treatment and to urge Senate offices to sign the Akaka/Inouye letter to HHS supporting coverage of obesity treatment in the essential benefits package.

The OAC briefing being presented is entitled “Often Stigmatized, Rarely Treated, Affecting Millions — The Complexity of Obesity and Why Prevention Isn’t Enough.” It focuses on the latest news and advances in the treatment of obesity and the barriers facing patients seeking such treatment.

In addition, OAC members will visit Senate offices to encourage them to join Senators Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Daniel Inouye (D-HI) in sending a letter to the Obama Administration urging Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to include coverage for comprehensive obesity treatment services in the essential benefit package that HHS is developing for the new state based health exchange plans.

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Diet Failure in Obese

Diet and Exercise Programs Useless for Obese

Diet and Exercise Useless for ObeseAn opinion article recently published in The Medical Journal of Australia calls for the greater use of bariatric surgery, citing the high failure rate of diet and exercise programs in helping obese people maintain long-term weight loss.

Newly discovered biology about the body shows “that once someone becomes overweight, that state is physiologically defended” by the body, writes University of Melbourne Professor of Medicine Joseph Proietto. Obese people can make efforts to lose weight in the short term, but hormonal changes in the body make it difficult for them to sustain the weight loss over time.

Professor Proietto, an obesity expert who runs the weight-control clinic at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital, believes that not only must we focus on the prevention of obesity, but that “we must help the long-suffering obese in their struggle to maintain a reduced weight.” “When prevention fails,” he says, “we must consider surgical options.”

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Bariatric Surgery Reverses Heart Damage

Weight Loss Surgery Can Reverse Heart Damage

Bariatric Surgery Reverses Heart DamageThe results of a new study published in the February 8th issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicate that weight loss surgery can reverse heart damage caused by obesity.

Obesity is associated with compromised heart function and several forms of heart disease. Not only does excess body weight affect heart health indirectly, but it can actually cause unfavorable changes to the structure and function of the heart, even without a diagnosis of heart disease.

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abiliti Weight Loss Treatment for Obesity

abiliti System for Weight Loss Receives CE Mark Approval

abiliti obesity treatmentThe abiliti system by IntraPace has received CE Mark approval in the European Union as a treatment for obesity. While still considered an investigational device in the United States, this certification indicates that the weight loss treatment has met the requirements for commercial marketing in Europe.

Unlike current methods of weight loss surgery which restrict food intake by surgically altering the digestive tract, the abiliti system uses sensors to detect when a person eats or drinks and then delivers low levels of electrical impulses to create a feeling of fullness before the stomach is full.

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TOGA Weight Loss Procedure

TOGA Weight Loss Procedure A Top Ten Medical Innovation

TOGA Weight Loss SurgeryThe TOGA System, an endoscopic weight loss procedure for obesity, has been named one of the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2011 by a panel of physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic’s 2010 Medical Innovations Summit. This designation is awarded to up-and-coming technologies that will have “significant clinical impact and offer significant patients benefit in comparison to current practices.”

According to the Cleveland Clinic statement, “Transoral Gastroplasty, or TOGA, represents a significant improvement in minimally-invasive bariatric surgery. It is a new weight loss option for obese patients who want to improve their health without undergoing major surgery.”

The TOGA System was also chosen by Philip Schauer, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, as one of the Top 5 anti-obesity medical devices that was discussed by a panel that focused on innovative obesity-fighting medical devices that have yet to hit the market.

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Obesity Food Addiction

Unraveling Mechanism Behind Food Addiction and Obesity

Food Addiction and ObesityResearchers at the University of Alberta have found that dopamine, a chemical involved in the reward and pleasure system of the brain, is also connected to cellular memory.

Scientists have known for some time that the brain releases dopamine in response to a rewarding stimulus, such as food or drugs, but this is the first time a mechanism has been found that links it to cell learning in the brain. This discovery is an exciting finding as it provides an important clue to one of the underlying causes of addiction and obesity and could lead to a treatment for both diseases.

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Bariatrician vs Bariatric Surgeon

Treating Obesity: Bariatricians vs Bariatric Surgeons

Bariatrician vs Bariatric SurgeonObesity affects more than two-thirds of all adults in the United States. More than an issue of appearance, it is a disease that compromises the health and quality of life of millions of men and women. Treating obesity is of utmost importance to the future well-being of individuals and society alike.

As with any other disease, individuals who are overweight or obese and want treatment should seek a qualified medical professional. If you are beginning your search for a doctor who can help you lose weight, you will want to consider one who specializes in obesity.

Depending on the approach you want to take in regards to weight loss, you will want to select either a bariatrician or a bariatric surgeon. While bariatricians and bariatric surgeons are both specialists that focus on the treatment of obesity, their treatment approach is different.

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