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Gastric bypass surgery is linked to alcohol problems

One in five patients who undergo a popular weight-loss surgical procedure develop a drinking problem, research suggests. Patients who have a gastric bypass - where the size of the stomach is reduced - have twice the risk of alcohol abuse compared to those who have a gastric band fitted, a new study reveals. Within five years of having a bypass, 20.8 percent of patients develop symptoms of alcohol abuse compared to 11.3 percent who have a gastric band, the findings show. Although the study fails to speculate on why this may occur, previous research suggests gastric bypass surgery causes a higher elevation of alcohol in the blood than weight-loss bands, resulting in the substance being more addictive.

UAE doctors warn of risks of `lethal` botox injections for weight loss

Surgeons are warning of a new weight-loss procedure that could be lethal and yet continues to be administered in private clinics. Botox injections in to the stomach that are putting patients` lives at risk are being offered by doctors in the UAE despite it not being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Obesity predicted to have cost councils over half a billion pounds

Tackling obesity is set to have cost councils more than half a billion pounds since taking over public health from the NHS three years ago, the LGA says. The LGA warns local authorities anticipate having spent £505m tackling obesity in adults and children, following the transfer of the public health responsibility in April 2013. Councils carry out prevention work, such as commissioning weight management services and exercise referral schemes.

More Than Skin Deep: Post-Obesity Patients Left In Limbo

A huge proportion of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are ignoring official guidance by not funding potentially life-saving surgery, a new study has revealed.

Obesity linked to increased health care costs after plastic surgery

After common plastic surgery procedures, obese patients have more complications and make more hospital visits--leading to higher healthcare costs, reports a study in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Even after accounting for their higher rate of other medical conditions, "Overweight and obese patients remained 35 percent more likely to have an emergency department visit or hospital admission within 30 days of surgery," report Michelle R. Sieffert, MD, MBA, of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and colleagues.

You can't 'outrun' obesity: Study says exercise doesn't help weight loss

A team of British cardiologists have said it's time to "bust the myth" that regular exercise tackles obesity. The strongly-worded editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, published in the May edition of the journal, says you can't outrun a bad diet and that although regular exercise reduces the risk of developing a number of health issues such as heart disease, dementia, some cancers and type 2 diabetes, it doesn't promote weight loss unless it is paired with dietary changes.

Pressure on obese to slim fuels cosmetic surgery boom

Attempts to tackle the obesity crisis are creating a boom in cosmetic surgery as a quick way to slim down, researchers claim. More than one in five people – 22 per cent – say they would consider procedures such as liposuction and excess skin removal to shed the pounds, according to a survey. Women are particularly interested because of pressure from celebrity culture and social media to achieve an ‘unrealistic’ appearance, say retail analysts Mintel.

Body contouring after bariatric surgery helps obese patients keep the weight off

Patients who have plastic surgery to reshape their bodies after bariatric procedures are able to maintain "significantly greater" weight loss than those who do not have surgery, according to a new study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers.

`Too many people have weight-loss surgery on the NHS`

A mother-of-four who lost an impressive ten stone and slimmed from a size 28 to a size 8 wants to help others lose the weight- without NHS help. Catherine Powell, 37, who weighed 20 stone, lost half of her body weight in just 16 months thanks to hard work and determination. She is now trying to convince others that they shouldn`t resort to NHS gastric bands to lose weight.

'Size 16 mannequins are making fat acceptable', says weight loss expert

A weight-loss expert has blasted retailers for using size 16 mannequins, claiming they are 'normalising' obesity. Steve Miller, presenter of the TV show Fat Families, told MailOnline that 'political correctness is encouraging people to stay fat'. He has urged society to adopt 'shock tactics' to tackle the obesity epidemic head on.

Obesity - surgery is not the only answer, say research scientists

Research scientists predict that gastric bypass surgery to treat obesity could be a thing of the past. They have discovered that the lower intestine could be targeted by a special food supplements which would trick the brain into thinking the stomach is full. The treatment could save thousands of people from the trauma of an irreversible operation.

More weight loss operations for diabetes

An expansion of weight loss surgery in England is being proposed to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes. New draft guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) aim to reduce debilitating complications, which are a huge drain on NHS resources. Diabetes UK estimates 850,000 people could be eligible for surgery, but NICE expects it to be tens of thousands.

New national body contouring surgery guide launched for weight loss patients

A new body contouring commissioning guide, which aims to address variation across England in provision and quality of body contouring surgery for patients who have undergone massive weight loss, is launched by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).

Fat Swedes need scalpel after gastric bypass op

The vast majority of gastric bypass patients in Sweden are happy with the results - an average loss of two thirds of their body weight - but almost half have to resort to plastic surgery, new long-term research showed. Uppsala University researcher David Edholm has examined patients who went through gastric bypass surgery 17 to seven years ago.

Weight loss surgery: 'not everyone lives happily ever after'

The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery state that the number of weight loss surgeries in the US increased from 13,000 in 1998 to over 200,000 in 2008. Reasons for undergoing weight loss surgery can range from health needs to the desire for a confidence boost. But new research suggests that although the surgery may make people happy in some ways, it can also cause problems.

Would YOU swallow a mini gastric balloon to lose a stone?

Mandy Raven, 46, was one of 12 UK guinea pigs brave enough to try out a new weight-loss treatment launched in the UK last week. Can you imagine a world where all you have to do is pop a pill and within three months you'll have effortlessly dropped a dress size - maybe more - without having to diet or exercise? That's the promise of a cutting-edge treatment that launched in the UK last week. Designed for people who are around a stone overweight, this pill contains a deflated gastric balloon, which is swallowed and then inflated in the patient's stomach through a thread-like attached tube that is then pulled back up the throat.

Weight loss surgery: Up to two million could benefit

Up to two million people in England could be eligible for weight loss surgery, experts say. Bariatric surgery, such as fitting gastric bands, can cut the fatal risks from obesity-related problems such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Although it has been growing in popularity, only 8,000 people a year are currently receiving the treatment. Researchers from Imperial College London believe more than 5% of the adult population would qualify for it.

Body contouring surgery expected to increase in UAE

The universal increase in morbid obesity and the associated development of advanced laparoscopic techniques has fuelled a rapid increase in the number of patients in the UAE opting for body contouring procedures. According to the Emirates Plastic Surgery Society, there are a significant number of patients in the UAE who are losing weight and presenting for body contouring surgeries. With the ongoing health awareness campaigns in the country, this number is expected to continue to increase.

Paul Mason: Surgery offer for ex-'world's fattest man'

A plastic surgeon in the US has offered to operate on a British man once dubbed the world's fattest. At his heaviest, Paul Mason weighed 70 stone (444kg) and was bed bound at his bungalow in Ipswich, Suffolk. He now weighs about 24 stone (152kg) after gastric bypass surgery in 2010 but says his life is being hampered by a huge amount of excess skin. New York-based surgeon Dr Jennifer Capla said she was willing to donate her time to help Mr Mason.

Most new mums have low self-esteem and feel under pressure to lose baby weight, survey shows

Weight gained in pregnancy has a negative impact on the self-esteem of 82% of new mums and around a third (31%) feel under pressure to get back to their pre-pregnancy size because of society and the media`s obsession with `ideal weight`, a survey has found. The survey of 1,015 new mums, conducted by Slimming World, looked at the reasons why women decide to lose the weight they gained in pregnancy and the impact this has on their health, self-esteem and families.

Body Contouring Improves Long-Term Weight Control after Gastric Bypass

Body contouring surgery to remove excess skin improves long-term weight control in patients after gastric bypass surgery, reports a study in the October 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Modarressi and colleagues believe their study adds to the argument that body contouring should be considered an essential part of successful bariatric surgery and, because of its favorable effects on patient health, should be covered by insurance plans.

Bariatric Surgeons Say Weight Loss Surgery May Help Lower Cancer Risk

Los Angeles weight loss surgeons at La Peer Health Systems discuss new research showing that bariatric surgery may lower cancer risk in obese patients. The study, which was published in Nature by the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, showed that obesity can increase a person’s risk for developing liver, esophageal, pancreatic, colorectal and other cancers.

Why BMI is inaccurate and misleading

Body Mass Index (BMI) is not a very accurate measurement for determining whether somebody is of normal weight, overweight or obese, researchers say. BMI, which is based on the height and weight of a person, is an inaccurate measure of body fat content and does not take into account muscle mass, bone density, overall body composition, and racial and sex differences, say researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

UK Obesity Epidemic Is Out Of Control

Only one third of British men are considered to be normal weight, according to the latest statistics from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Experts warn that the UK obesity crisis is 'spiraling out of control', with the number of people being admitted to hospital because of obesity-related problems increasing significantly in recent years.

Chef whose weight plummeted after gastric bypass is furious after NHS refuses op to remove his FOUR STONE of excess skin

A chef who lost 13 stone after gastric bypass surgery is furious that the NHS has denied him second operation to remove three and a half stone of excess skin. Jason Young, 29, from Nottingham, ballooned to 31 stone and underwent the £10,000 surgery eight years ago. His weight has since plummeted to 18 stone and he has been left carrying huge folds of saggy skin.

Botox Injections In The Stomach Do Not Promote Weight Loss

Despite conflicting data in support of the practice, some overweight Americans looking for an easy fix have turned to gastric botox injections to help them lose weight. This month in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, researchers from the Mayo Clinic publish a definitive study finding that Botox doesn't promote weight loss.

NHS to pay for ops after private Newport clinic goes bust

The taxpayer will foot the care bill for patients who had gastric balloons fitted at a now defunct Newport clinic. The NHS has stepped in to provide aftercare for 33 people in Wales who had the pioneering weight loss treatment at the Celtic Springs Clinic, which shut last month.

Chef pleads with NHS for skin removal operation after dramatic weight loss

A determined chef who shed almost half his bodyweight after reaching 27 stone is now begging the NHS for an operation to remove his excess skin. Gregg Wrigley, from Bolton in Greater Manchester, lost 12 stone through dieting and exercise, and says the health service`s refusal to help is making him miserable.

Allergan Considers Lap-Band Unit Sale as Demand Declines

Allergan Inc., the maker of the Botox wrinkle treatment, may sell its obesity business, including the Lap-Band weight loss device, as revenue declines and questions mount about the risk of the procedure. Revenue for the obesity intervention unit will be about $160 million in 2012, the Irvine, California-based company said in a statement yesterday. Sales fell from $203.1 million last year and a peak of $296 million in 2008, the company reported.

Obesity Surgery Seen As Quick Fix, Says Report

Too many obese people are having "quick fix", risky weight loss operations that fail to address the wider issues, says a report. Bariatric surgery is too often being seen as a "quick fix" to solving obesity problems, research suggests. A new report found that many patients undergo operations without properly assessing of the risks the procedure poses to them.

Body contouring demands expected to rise

The demand for body contouring procedures is expected to continue to increase as more patients undergo bariatric surgery to address obesity problems, according to a recent report. Researchers with Oregon Health and Science University reviewed and summarized the latest data on the use and outcomes of bariatric surgery for the management of morbid obesity and noted an increase in weight loss procedure is creating a rising demand for body contouring, Newswise reports.

BAPRAS: Guidelines on body contouring

BAPRAS member Mark Soldin outlines how the Association is working to put together guidelines to help ensure patients requiring body contouring surgery after massive weight loss can receive appropriate care. The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has been caring for patients with severe obesity, the problems associated with this disease and the sequelae of treatment for some time.

Calif. doctor at center of fat-reduction device controversy

In a complaint filed with the Medical Board of California, a consumer advocacy group is claiming that a physician's use of a massage machine for weight loss is endangering patients. Public Citizen has alleged that Dr. Gail Altschuler, a California physician who runs a Novato weight loss center, and other doctors who use and promote a medical device called the LipoTron for fat reduction are demonstrating a “reckless disregard for the health and welfare of patients."

Gastric band patients must get cosmetic surgery on NHS like breast cancer victims

Stacie Corth more than halved her 23st weight with an NHS op but is upset it left her skin loose and compares her plight to that of a breast cancer victim needing a mastectomy. Stacie, 28, shrank to 11st thanks to the £7,000 NHS op to fit a gastric sleeve but now wants further state-funded surgery to remove sagging skin she says makes her feel ugly.

Surgery to tackle obesity rises five-fold in past five years

Gastric bypass operations carried out on the NHS have risen fivefold in the past five years. The procedure, which helps the obese lose weight by re-routing food to a small stomach pouch created by a surgeon, was carried out 5,407 times in England during 2011/12, compared with 858 in 2006/7, according to official figures.

Men at Higher Risk of Wound Complications after Body Contouring Surgery

Certain types of wound complications are more frequent in men undergoing body contouring after weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, compared to women, suggests a study in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Complications Related To Bariatric Procedures Reduced By Minimally Invasive Surgery

A study by researchers at Stanford University Medical Center has found that a popular weight-loss operation is safer and reduces hospital bills when done with minimally invasive techniques rather than open surgery, which requires a large abdominal incision.

Allergen receives subpoena over its anti-obesity device

(Reuters) - U.S. healthcare group Allergan has received a subpoena from the U.S. government over its gastric banding system that is used to treat obesity. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday Allergan said the subpoena from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, requests the production of documents relating to its Lap-Band gastric banding system.

New Study Finds Ageing, Overweight People Stay Happy

Growing older and being overweight are not necessarily associated with a decrease in mental well-being, according to a cross-cultural study looking at quality of life and health status in the US and the UK.

How the world fell in love with quick-fix weight loss

We eat too much, but don't want to diet. Instead, we're adopting increasingly radical measures to shed the pounds. The Diet Tube is a new procedure pioneered in Italy, where liquid nutrients are pumped up your nose and into your stomach to stave off hunger.

New non-invasive fat removal technologies offer alternative to liposuction for removing stubborn fat

For many people, getting rid of excess fat can be a lifelong battle. Whether it is undesirable love handles, excess fat around the knees, or flabby upper arms, pockets of fat can be difficult to reduce and sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to make a noticeable difference. Now, dermatologists are finding that the introduction of non-invasive fat removal technologies is opening the door for more people who are not candidates for liposuction to remove stubborn fat, safely and effectively.

Gastric Band Patients are getting Younger and Younger

New research has found that more young people appear to be having weight loss surgery now than in previous years.