Weight Loss Surgery News – January 8, 2009

Watch this week’s WLS News to see how NBC’s very first “Biggest Loser” is doing, and why he wasn’t featured in the Biggest Loser reunion show. And how much can the wrong snacks in between meals affect you? Will these bite size portions lead to obesity? This report tells the whole story. Plus, you’ll hear about famed Chef Jamie Oliver and get some good news about projects designed to combat childhood obesity.

Get the latest details on new research, treatments, legislation and social trends related to obesity and check out WLS News now!

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

The following organizations were mentioned in this episode:

The Biggest Loser Revisited

A reality show about losing weight may be more about ratings numbers than the numbers on the scale, says one former winner of The Biggest Loser.

A recent story in Time magazine revealed that Ryan Benson, winner of hit NBC realty show The Biggest Loser’s first season, admitted to fasting and dehydrating himself in order to reach his goal while on the show, and other Biggest Loser contestants also have admitted going to extreme measures to lose anywhere from 2 to 10 pounds a week at the big televised weigh-in. Find out what Benson weighs now, by clicking on the video player above.

Childhood Obesity Takes It On the Chin

The Carnegie Group in England has launched a series of “fat-fighting” nutrition and exercise classes for children as young as four years old. The classes were created in response to the fact that as many as 25 percent of England’s children are overweight. But the programs are intended for the whole family, and are designed to spread the message that starting healthy habits when you are young can keep you fit and trim throughout your adult life.

In pursuit of the same goal, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver recently won $100,000 — find out why by clicking on the video player above.

Recent research shows that obese adolescents run a risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea, and the older the adolescent is, the more severe the symptoms may be. Researchers examined data from 234 children between the ages of 2 and 18. All of the children were obese and were already suspected to have sleep-related snoring and breathing problems. The doctors separated the children by age groups and then assessed them during an overnight sleep study.

And doctors had a surprise in store, when examining the data. Find out what by clicking the video player above.

Snacking: Good or Bad?

The University of Navarra’s Department of Preventative Medicine and Public Health conducted a survey of more than 10,000 college graduates for more than four years. The survey included 136 questions about eating habits, and all the participants were weighed before and during the course of the study.

According to the findings, participants who snacked between meals showed a 69 percent increased risk of becoming obese later on.

Of course, these results had a lot to do with what they were snacking on. The heaviest eaters snacked on junk foods, soft drinks and processed meats – referred to as “high-density” snacks – rather than healthy items like fruits or vegetables. These unhealthy snack choices added as many as 300 calories in each sitting.

Adding the wrong snacks to three meals a day can often translate into weight gain, cravings for more of the same unhealthy foods, and a lack of energy, the researchers say. Occasional munchies between meals can be fine, they note, as long as you choose wisely.

Gastric Banding On the Upswing

The economy may have been declining in the past year, but gastric band surgeries are on the rise.

The World Health Organization estimates that between 2005 and 2015, the worldwide number of obese adults will increase from 400 million to 700 million. And more and more of those people will turn to surgery to help them lose weight.

Healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information estimates doctors performed 350,000 bariatric procedures in 2009, and that the number of surgeries has increased an average rate of 20 percent each year since 1994.

According to Kalorama, women in their late thirties and early forties account for most bariatric surgeries, and gastric bypass surgery remains the most popular weight loss surgery procedure. However, about 40 percent of all bariatric procedures involve gastric banding, and the gastric banding market is responsible for more than 90 percent of total sales for bariatric surgical devices, which also includes tools like intragastric balloons and suture systems.

In spite of a shaky economy and our nation’s ongoing debate about health care reform, Kalorama analyst Melissa Elder explained that the sheer number of obese people seeking help will keep surgeries on the rise.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.