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Oprah's talks about gastric bypass surgery! For the first time, American Idol judge  Randy Jackson talks about his weight loss surgery. He's the latest famous name to go through gastric bypass surgery. Randy says he's been overweight his entire life, but it was his recent diagnosis of diabetes that forced him to take extreme measures. He says on Oprah, "Diabetes runs in my family. I was afraid that if I didn't really get healthy and do something drastic that I may not be around that long. It's funny, diet and exercise really works, but when you're heavy, you don't want to workout. Now that I've lost this weight, I want to work out. If I don't do it, I'm mad, because I have all this energy!"
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Noninvasive, Removable Medical Device Results In Substantial Weight Loss And Glucose Normalization In A Preclinical Model Of Obesity: -- GI Dynamics, a medical device company pioneering the development of new approaches to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes, announced today a paper appearing in the advance online publication of the journal Obesity, which demonstrates that implantation of an innovative endoluminal sleeve mimics key, beneficial effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery, inducing substantial weight loss and improved metabolic function in rats with diet-induced obesity. - Read More...

Gastric bypass surgery found to reduce the biochemical risks of heart disease: -- The most significant reduction was with C-reactive protein (CRP), which dropped by a mean of 50%. In addition to the standard panel of assays, plus CRP, the investigators included lipoprotein-a (LPa) and homocysteine. - MedPage Today

OBESITY THREATENS LIFE EXPECTANCY: The National Life Expectancy - Reversing two centuries of uninterrupted progress, researchers estimate the life-shortening effect of obesity to be one-third to three-fourths of a year by century's end, and it easily could rise to two-to-five years in coming decades according to a special report in the March 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Obesity and cigarettes accelerate the aging process: -- an average nine years for obese women and seven years for heavy smokers, London researchers say. United Press International

Important Discovery: In experiments on rats, Scientists from Switzerland and the United States used injections of the hormone, leptin, to transform fat-storing cells into cells that burn fat which could one day help combat obesity in humans. Within 14 days the average weight of the rats fell by almost 30 per cent from 280 to 207 grams, and their fat reserves all but...Read More...
disappeared.The rats continued to eat normally, although their food consumption also fell by 30 per cent. “It’s a very important discovery, because it’s a whole new concept of burning [fat] stocks,” said Jacques Philippe of Geneva University’s faculty of medicine. Philippe said it would be at least ten years before such a drug was available for use on humans. But given the spread of obesity in the western world it was “clearly an important area of research and investment for the pharmaceutical industry”.
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Childhood Obesity has Been Shown to Cause Heart Abnormalities The study revealed that in obese children the actual size of the heart muscle is thicker. In adults, this finding alone has been established as an independent risk factor for significant cardiovascular morbidity, including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and sudden death.--ASE
Hunger Hormone could help treat obesity. It sends signals to the feeding circuits in the brain that convey a sense of satiety that reduces the urge to eat. This new study suggests that this hormone, once controlled, can curb the appetite.
Go to the video page. Technology: The Gastric Stimulator, is it for you?
The show “Good Morning America” examines a new device called the Gastric Stimulator. This device is an alternative to the lap band device and can be used prior to undergoing more permanent procedures like stomach stapling. This experimental device generates electrical impulses... (Watch the video on the gastric stimulator)

A calcium-rich diet may help people lose weight
In a study published in the April, 2004 issue of Obesity Research, 32 overweight adults were put on modest, calorie-restricted diets that included varying amounts of dietary calcium. The high-dairy diet patients lost the most weight, an average of 24 pounds after 24 weeks, compared with individuals who also cut calories but consumed few or no dairy products. The study was funded by the National Dairy Council. In a study published in February, 2004 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, calcium supplements were found to be useless for weight loss and fat metabolism in adult women.

"90,000 cancer deaths could be prevented each year if people could maintain a healthy body weight." The American Cancer Society just completed a landmark study concluding that being overweight or obese substantially increases the risk of dying from cancer.
Holiday Weight Gain Slight, But May Last A Lifetime A new study by the NICHD suggests that Americans probably gain about a pound during the winter holiday season-but this extra weight accumulates through the years and may be a major contributor to obesity later in life. This finding runs contrary to the popular belief that most people gain from five to ten pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
Star JonesStar Jones Reynolds admitted to having had gastric bypass surgery -- Reynolds said her "out-of-control" eating was the worst in 2002, near her 40th birthday, when she felt lonely and gained 75 lbs over 17 months. "I pretended not to see how big I was getting - but not only did I see it, I was disgusted by it," wrote Reynolds. "I'd gradually gone from full-figured to morbidly obese." "Through it all, food was there to comfort me," wrote Reynolds. "Food never judged me - even when I judged myself."
click to visit siteBack pain is often caused by obesity -- The spine is designed to carry the entire weight of the upper body and distribute the loads encountered throughout your life. When excess weight is carried, the spine is forced to assimilate the burden, the consequence is that the spine can prematurely wear out. Learn more at LASpineInstitute.com
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2016 10 Fattest American Cities - Forbes: obeseCities with the highest obesity rate were led by Huntington, W.Va. Two other cities in the state, Charleston and Martinsburg, were also in the top 10 cities ranks by high obesity rate. (Folks with a Body Mass Index (BMI)—a ratio of weight to height—of 30 or higher are considered obese.)

Here are the top 10 obese cities:
1. Huntington-Ashland, W.Va: Obesity rate: 39.5% 6. Charleston, W.Va. Obesity rate: 34.6%
2. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas: Obesity rate: 38.3% 7. Toledo, Ohio Obesity rate: 34.2%
3. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Maryland W. Va: Obesity rate: 36.7% 8.Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky.: Obesity rate: 33.8%
4.Yakima, Wash.: Obesity rate: 35.7% 9. Jackson, Miss.: Obesity rate: 33.8%
5. Little Rock-N. Little Rock-Conway, Ark.: Obesity rate: 35.1% 10.Green Bay, Wis.: Obesity rate: 33.0%

mtn bikeOn the flip side... Boulder, Colo., ranked as the city least plagued by obesity, according to StateofObesity.org.

Here are the top 10 lowest adult obesity rates:

1. Colorado: Obesity rate: 20.2% 6. Massachusetts: Obesity rate: 24.3%
2. District of Columbia: Obesity rate: 22.1% 7. Utah: Obesity rate: 24.5%
3. Hawaii: Obesity rate: 22.7% 8. New York: Obesity rate: 25%
4. Montana: Obesity rate: 23.6% 9. Vermont: Obesity rate: 25.1%
5. California: Obesity rate: 24.2% 10. Connecticut: Obesity rate: 25.3%
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Weight Loss Surgery
Severe obesity is a long term condition that is very difficult to treat. Surgery to promote weight loss by restricting food intake or interrupting the digestive process (lap band -laparoscopic adjustable banding and gastric bypass surgery -commonly known as stomach stapling) are only documented long term weight loss options for severely obese people. Read More...

A body mass index (BMI) above 40 - most often means about 100 pounds overweight for men and about 80 pounds for women - indicates that a person is severely obese and therefore is a possible candidate for the lap band or stomach stapling surgery (if you have comorbidities your BMI can be less and you would still be a candidate). New less invasive weight loss surgery procedures use laparoscopic (lap) tools and provide new alternatives to stomach stapling operations.

The number of stomach stapling or lap band type operations has nearly tripled since 1997 to 63,100 last year. The Lap Band and the gastric stimulator (once FDA approved) may be available to patients with BMI's from 25 and up based on their doctors recommendation. The Lap Band is reversible if necessary making the lap band a good initial weight loss solution to consider. Gastric Bypass Surgery or stomach stapling may also be an option for people with a BMI between 35 and 40 who suffer from life-threatening problems...Learn more>>

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Pancreatic CancerRisk Rises With Excess Weight - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Individuals who are overweight in early adulthood have an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, while obesity in older age is associated with lower survival rates among patients with this difficult to treat malignancy, new research shows. Being overweight or obese at younger age had a stronger association with pancreatic cancer risk than did subsequent weight gain at an older age, lead author Dr. Donghui Li, from M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, told Reuters Health. Read More...

"The second major finding," Dr. Li added, "was that individuals who were overweight or obese from the ages of 20 to 49 years had an earlier onset of pancreatic cancer by 2 to 6 years." The findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association for June 24, stem from a case-control study of 841 patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma and a control group of 754 healthy subjects without cancer who were matched to the patients by age, race, and gender. Height and weight histories were obtained during personal interviews. Subjects who were overweight from the ages of 14 to 39 years or obese from 20 to 49 years had a 1.67- and 2.58-fold higher risk of pancreatic cancer, respectively. The risk leveled off for those who were overweight or obese after age 40 and became statistically insignificant after age 50. The link between elevated body mass index (BMI), a frequently used weight to height ratio, and pancreatic cancer was stronger in men than in women and in current or former smokers than in those who never smoked, the report indicates. The researchers also found that obesity at an older age had its own disadvantages - it was tied to reduced survival of pancreatic cancer. The average length of survival in this population was 18 months for those with a normal body weight the year before pancreatic cancer diagnosis, while the average survival time declined to 13 months for overweight and obese patients, Li said. In a related editorial, Dr. Robert R. McWilliams and Dr. Gloria M. Petersen, from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, note that increased weight or obesity is associated with acceleration of the disease process -- from the risk of developing cancer to its ultimate outcome - and "may provide biological insight into why pancreatic cancer portends such a poor prognosis." This study, they add, "represents an incremental advance in the understanding of clinical factors contributing to pancreatic cancer development and progression." SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, June 24, 2009.

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Stomach Stapling may cure Type 2 diabetes Gastric bypass surgery better known as stomach stapling, a well-established treatment for morbid obesity, may also cure Type 2 diabetes, even in individuals who are not overweight, according to a groundbreaking new study from IRCAD/The European Institute of Telesurgery being published in the January 2004 issue of the Annals of Surgery. The article did not mention whether the same result was experienced by weight loss patients with the lap band technology.—NewsWise Related: New State Data Show Obesity and Diabetes Still On the Rise
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35.0 – 39.9 Severely Obese
40.0 –49.9 Morbidly Obese
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This two part “Medical Diary” video follows Jennifer Revel as she considers gastric bypass surgery as a solution to having a BMI of 54 and being more than 180 lbs over weight. Part 2 continues this “Medical Diary” video following Jennifer as she goes through with stomach stapling and her experience's after surgery. Watch Jennifer's video diary of her stomach stapling weight loss solution.


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