Troubling News on Obesity Trends

A troubling report from the Trust for America's Health predicts that if Americans continue with their current eating habits and sedentary lifestyles, more than half the population in 39 states will be obese by 2030.  Currently, the national obesity rate is 36 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Federal health [...]

By |2012-11-21T02:10:12+00:00November 21st, 2012|General|0 Comments

Parents Underestimate Fast Food Calories

The majority of parents underestimate the calorie content in their kids’ fast food meals, according to a new study.  72% of the parents in the study low-balled the number of calories in their kids’ dinners at 5 popular fast food chains: McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, KFC, and Wendy’s.  Previous studies have demonstrated that adults often underestimate [...]

By |2012-10-11T19:28:13+00:00October 11th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Parents Underestimate Fast Food Calories

Can Weight Loss Surgery Resolve Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition where a person might stop breathing for several seconds while sleeping. There are many mechanisms that can contribute to OSA symptoms. Obesity has been associated with an increase in incidence of sleep apnea and other respiratory problems. Morbidly obese people are more likely to have a greater buildup [...]

By |2017-03-19T22:02:05+00:00August 11th, 2012|General|0 Comments

Difference Between Lap Band and Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular type of plastic surgery. Although sometimes people think it is a type of bariatric surgery, it is not. Unlike bariatric surgery, liposuction is not considered a weight loss procedure, but rather is designed to change the shape of the body.  It uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas [...]

By |2012-07-18T01:39:05+00:00July 18th, 2012|General|0 Comments

Diabetes Improvement Seen with Lap Band

Reducing Body Mass Index (BMI) can dramatically decrease an obese person's risk of diabetes, regardless of initial weight, according to a new study. Scientists at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland found that among people with BMI below 35, 35-40 and 40-45 who did not lose weight after two years, the incidence [...]

By |2017-03-19T22:05:18+00:00June 11th, 2012|General|0 Comments

Cancer Risk & Obesity

Obesity has been shown to be a risk factor for several health conditions and diseases, including certain cancers. While a recent report on cancer from the American Cancer Society showed that overall cancer rates are decreasing, the prevalence of cancers of the pancreas, liver, thyroid and kidney were shown to be increasing. Most of these [...]

By |2017-03-19T22:22:39+00:00April 9th, 2012|General|0 Comments

6 Year Gastric Band Study

Both the gastric band and gastric bypass bariatric procedures have excellent weight loss outcomes at six years, according to a matched-pair analysis. The study’s findings were published this month online in the Archives of Surgery. Half of the 442 patients in the analysis received a gastric band, and the other half received a gastric bypass.  [...]

By |2017-03-19T22:29:16+00:00February 13th, 2012|General|0 Comments

Snacks Part of the Obesity Problem

Over the past several decades, obesity rates among Americans have consistently increased. While our sedentary lifestyles are partially at blame, a key factor in our national weight gain is that we’re simply consuming more calories in the form of both food and calorie-laden beverages. For comparison, in the mid-2000s, the average American adult was found [...]

By |2017-03-19T22:36:22+00:00February 8th, 2012|General|0 Comments