Weight Loss Surgery News – March 5, 2010

This week on WLS News, good news for chocolate lovers: British scientists have developed a chocolate bar made of 60 percent water, that tastes just as good as the regular kind! Plus, a new report indicates that childhood obesity could dramatically increase the chance of premature death, and New York City researchers are embarking on a study to determine whether weight loss surgery can resolve type 2 diabetes in people who are overweight but not obese. All of these stories and more in this week’s report!

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Obesity-Related Deaths Rise Dramatically in UK

In reviewing 27 years’ of death records, researchers in the UK have found that obesity is increasingly listed as a primary or contributing cause of death. Although the data indicates a dramatic increase, experts note that the findings may only be the tip of the iceberg.

Childhood Obesity: Strongest Predictor of Premature Death

A new study notes that childhood obesity, together with other risk factors for heart disease, doubles the chance of premature death before age 55. Researchers followed nearly 5000 children for more than two decades and found that among the four risk factors monitored in the study, childhood obesity turned out to be the strongest predictor of premature death from disease.

Study to Examine Gastric Bypass for Treatment of Diabetes in Non-Obese

A team of researchers in New York City will soon launch a new study to determine whether gastric bypass surgery can be an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes in people with a body mass index (BMI) below 35. Tune into this week’s newscast to learn how to apply to be a study participant.

Chocolate Made with Water Promises Great Taste, Fewer Calories

A group of UK scientists have developed a chocolate bar that is nearly two thirds water, but tastes the same as regular chocolate. The research could pave the way for a new generation of low fat foods, and help curb rising obesity rates, especially among children.

Bariatric Surgery Revisions Increase Risk to Patients

Repeated procedures after weight loss surgery put patients at increased risk of complications, according to a new study. Revision surgery after a bariatric procedure can lead to serious health issues, such as hernias, ulcers, acute kidney failure and pneumonia.

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