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Bariatric Surgeries are Up, But the Obesity Fight Continues

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to the number of weight loss surgeries performed in the United States. The good news: more Americans than ever are having bariatric surgery. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS),...

New Guidelines Give Physicians Roadmap for Obesity Treatment

The November 2013 release of new guidelines for the management of overweight and obese patients by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Associates, and the Obesity Society is a significant step forward in fighting America’s obesity epidemic. The...

Bariatric Surgery Helps Family Break Tradition of Obesity

For generations, the Southerland family have lived and died in the tiny town of Washburn, Tennessee. The rural community, nestled in the Clinch Valley, has barely over 2,500 residents. There’s no police station or even a red light. The closest city, Rutledge, is over...

Obesity is a Disease Now. But, Is this a Victory?

In June, the nation’s largest group of physicians, the American Medical Association, voted to recognize obesity as a disease. The decision could have broad implications for the approximately 90 million Americans who are considered obese. When you label something as a...