| Jul 11, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Often, those who are very overweight have tried dieting for years before giving up in frustration. But more obese people are turning to bariatric surgery to jump-start their weight-loss programs.
The surgery is low-risk but isn't for everyone. It...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 6:39 PM
Cicelyann Perkins is a shadow of her former self--just a few short years ago she was much heavier--those were the days before her weight loss surgery in 2007.
"Going in I think I was 246," Cicelyann said with a laugh. "I try not to remember that--as of...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 6:30 AM
In conjunction with its bariatric surgery weight loss program, Northern Michigan Regional Hospital is offering three free bariatric surgery seminars in February and March.
Because one size or procedure does not fit all patients, several new weight...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:39 AM
Bariatric surgeon David Salzberg can reel off a list of life-threatening problems associated with morbid obesity. They include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint pain, depression and elevated rates of cancer.
"Twenty percent of...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 4:23 PM
While bariatric surgery has improved the health and quality of life for many patients with weight-related illnesses, it does not increase the short-term survival of severely obese older men, a recent study published in the Journal of the American...
| Mar 19, 2010
| 11:52 AM
Right now the laparoscopic gastric band, or "lap band," is FDA-approved only for people age 18 and older.
But a new study is adding to the medical evidence that it could help much younger teens who have tried and failed to keep off excess weight with...
| Apr 23, 2010
Professional figure athelte Katina Maistrellis is working out for her next competition and will soon restrict her diet to a thousand calories a day for an entire week.
She's aware that health experts say crash dieting can unhealthy or even deadly.
| May 14, 2010
Stacie Smith is having weight loss surgery--again. Her first surgery was gastric band but that simply didn't work--so Friday at Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas she had another procedure, this time gastric bypass.
"I had a procedure done a few...
| May 24, 2010
On the A&E show " Kirstie Alley's Big Life," the star sits in bed, working on her laptop and talking to her kids about her weight. "Does it upset you that I'm fat?" she asks them. "No," they both reply, the end of the word going up slightly the way it...
| May 26, 2010
The number of bariatric surgeries in the U.S. skyrocketed from 13,386 in 1998 to 220,000 in 2008, but a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that the nations hospitals have wide...
| Jul 20, 2010
Quick. Multiply your weight in pounds by 703. Divide that number by your height in inches. Divide that number by your height in inches again. That number is your BMI ... Body Mass Index.
If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, your weight is considered...