Weight Loss Surgery News – January 22, 2010

Tune into this week’s WLS News for the rundown on the best new gadgets to track your weight loss success, and get details about new research that could hold a clue to boosting the number of calories you burn. Plus, learn what weight loss surgery may soon do for people who aren’t yet obese, and find out what visceral fat is, and the difference it can make in a person’s health based on their ethnicity. All of these stories and more are featured in this week’s newscast.

Each week, WLS News covers the latest research findings, legislation, statistics and medical options related to the treatment of obesity. Click the player below to view the newscast, and scroll down for additional details about this week’s stories.

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New Devices Help Shed Pounds
Losing weight has become a high-tech proposition, thanks to a few new products that help people with their calorie spending.

Sweden’s Karolinska Institute recently released something known as the Mandometer, which keeps track of how much a person eats and how fast they’re eating it. If the person is eating too quickly, the device tells them to slow down. According to recent results, the device was tested on a group of obese children and within one year, their eating speed decreased by 11 percent. Click on the video player to learn about some other weight loss devices.

Childhood Trauma Raises Obesity Risk
A recent study of several thousand teenagers found that childhood trauma raises the odds of obesity later in life. Time magazine cited a 2009 finding that sexual abuse in childhood increases a boy’s risk of obesity later on, during adulthood, by 66 percent. This same trauma increases a woman’s risk of suffering an eating disorder. Other studies have yielded similar results. Click the video player to learn more about the connection.

WLS Clientele May Expand to the Merely Overweight
Some doctors feel that weight loss surgery may — and should — become a recommended treatment option for people who are  overweight but not clinically obese. Preventing overweight people from becoming even heavier may very well lessen a future ill health epidemic, they note. Click the video player to get the details.

Visceral Fat Can Be Bad News

According to some studies, ethnicity is a chief factor in where people store body fat. Research at Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center indicated that there are varieties in how Caucasians and African Americans store their visceral fat, which is defined as fat found around the abdominal organs. The difference also means certain ethnic groups are more prone to life-threatening disease. Click the video player to learn more about the latest research findings.