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Kansas, Missouri Near Top on Obesity Scale


Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued their annual obesity report today, and it ranked Kansas and Missouri in the top 20.

Missouri ranked as the 11th most obese state, while Kansas ranked 16th. The most obese states centered in the south. Mississippi ranked as the nation's most obese state.

Slightly more than 30 percent of Missouri residents are obese, placing the state just behind Michigan. 29 percent of Kansans are obese, more than doubling the amount of Kansans considered obese only 15 years ago.

Other states with Weight Loss Surgical Center LAP-BAND Clinics include Iowa, which ranked 20th, with 28.1% of its population being obese and Nebraska, which ranked 24th with 27.6% of its population being obese.

The report notes that adult obesity rates increased in 16 states this year and did not decline in any state. While four years ago only one state had obesity rates above 30 percent, today 12 states now have obesity rates over 30 percent. Obesity rates exceed 25 percent in more than two-thirds of states.

Much more detailed information about the report can be found at the Trust for America's Health website.

LAP-BAND Ad Highlights Safety Compared to Bypass, Sleeve


In the June ASMBS-issue of Bariatric Times, Allergan, the makers of the LAP-BAND System, launched a new professional promotional campaign entitled: “The BOLD Facts”

This new campaign features LAGB’s Total Complication rate vs. Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass within one year of discharge from the “Baseline data from ASMBS-designated Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence using the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database.” The study on bariatric surgeries was published by Eric J. DeMaria, M.D. in SOARD May 30, 2009. 

The Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal DatabaseSM (BOLDSM) was developed to help ensure ongoing compliance with the center of excellence (COE) programs it administers and develop general knowledge about optimal bariatric surgery practices. BOLD is now the largest and most comprehensive repository of clinical bariatric surgery patient information.

The upshot of the first ad in this campaign is that laparoscopic bands have lower total complication rates when compared to gastric sleeves or gastric bypass surgeries.

Despite the claims about the safety of the sleeve and bypass, the band still comes out ahead in this study on a very large sample of patients across the nation.

The graphic below spells it out, but it bears repeating: Gastric sleeve surgeries had three times the complication rate of bands, and gastric bypass surgeries had four times the rate of complication compared to LAP-BAND Surgeries.


BOLD Facts from LAP-BAND Page 2

If you're interested in learning more about the safer bariatric surgery option, check out our page that compares LAP-BAND, Bypass and Sleeves and get free information about LAP-BAND Surgery.

Obesity briefs - Brain Proteins, School Food and Metabolic Surgery


Here are some news briefs on the obesity front from the weekend covering everything from a study about brain proteins' effect on weight to using bariatric surgery to treat metabolic diseases.

KC-Area Benefits Company Argues in Support of Bariatric Surgery Benefits: Midwestern Benefits Company Lockton has released a report encouraging employers to offer weight loss surgery benefits in addition to wellness programs.

Obesity regulating gene found? London researchers have identified a gene they claim regulates obesity. The gene was previously known to be linked to cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. This study found that it also influenced other genes that regulate BMI (body mass index), cholesterol and glucose and insulin levels. The study, which was pubished in Nature Genetics offers hopes for new treatments for metabolic diseases.

Overweight? It's all in your head:A story from the Weizmann Institute of Science, published in the May issue of Cell Metabolism, followed mice that were engineered to lack the protein tyrosine phosphatase epsilon (PTPe) and found that without PTPe, mice were better able to regulate their weight. They found that PTPe dampens signals from the hormone leptin in the hypothalamus, leading to reduced appetite and increased physical activity. Researchers know that obese people tend to have an exess of leptin in their blood.

The results of the study suggest that another part of the obesity puzzle involves leptin insensitivity and if scientists could inhibit PTPe, it could improve leptin response to reduce appetite and increase physical activity. Think about that next time someone says that you simply need to eat less and exercise more.

Can video games contribute to obesity? Danish and Canadian researchers watched teenage boys who played video games and compared them to similar boys who were not playing video games. If they played for an hour, video gamers would burn an extra 21 calories compared to the others, but when offered a snack, they would eat 80 more calories than the kids who did not play video games. 

Parents in Oman Worried about Childhood Obesity, School Lunches: Parents of children in Oman are fighting problems familiar in America: the impact of school lunches on childhood obesity. Specifically, they are looking to remove low-quality meats, french fries and fizzy drinks from private schoole menus.

Bariatric Surgery recommended for Metabolic Diseases: with recent recommendations from the FDA and the American Heart Association, lowering the Body Mass Index specifications for people to get weight loss surgery if they suffer from diabetes, the mainstream media is starting to pay attention. 

From the Orlando Sentinel:

One review study of 3,188 obese, Type 2 diabetics who had bariatric surgery found that 78 percent of them no longer had diabetes afterward, according to a 2009 report published in the American Journal of Medicine. And the disease still had not returned by the two-year follow-up.

Another randomized study of obese Type 2 diabetics, published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that 73 percent of those who had gastric-banding procedures achieved remission of their diabetes, compared with only 13 percent using lifestyle and medication to treat their diabetes.

It is, however, important to note that one can never be rid entirely of diabetes and that remission is always a possibility. It is also important to note that while the article speaks of various bariatric procedures, surgeons at Weight Loss Surgical Center perform only laparascopic adjustable gastric banding, which does not involve cutting, stapling or re-routing of your digestive tract.

Alcohol addiction risk with gastric bypass: A study of a Sweedish database of bariatric patients revealed that bypass patients were twice as likely to need treatment for alcohol addiction. The article explains that bypassing part of the digestive tract allows for faster alcohol absorption and increased risk of dependency.

If you're suffering from the dangerous combination of obesity and diabetes, weight loss surgery may be an option to help. Learn more about diabetes and LAP-BAND Surgery today.

Infographic on inactivity, health risks and obesity


From, this infographic is a bit dramatic, but it has some interesting information about the negative health consequences of sitting all day.

The most staggering claim in the inforgraphic is the item on obesity rates doubling for people who have desk jobs. Also, note that the piece is well-cited, with a whole bunch of useful resources at the bottom if you're interested in more detailed reading.

Sitting is Killing You
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The obesity - stress cycle


Most of us who are struggling with obesity know that the social stigma against overweight people can be painful and can lead to a cycle where obesity, stress and depression feed each other.

Over the weekend, an article titled Obesity's Hidden Peril: Stigma May Further Health Decline on the Fox News website, detailed a study about that very topic.

The article reports that:

While fewer than 5 percent of non-obese participants reported experiencing discrimination, about 11 percent of those who were moderately obese and 33 percent of those who were severely obese reported the same. These were the same individuals who also had the sharpest decline over time in their functional abilities, such as the capacity to climb stairs, or carry everyday items.

So the heavier you are, the more discrimination you face, and the more that your functional abiliites degrade over time.

What's more telling, though, is the stress created by this situation. According to the study authors, the stress of dealing with the discrimination and reduced abilities can create stress that is harmful in ways we do not see immediately:

The added stress could be keeping individuals in a constant state of arousal that they are likely not aware of but that leads to a cascade of harmful cellular effects.

The study, which was part of the as part of the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States also identified that people who believed they had experienced weight discrimination reported that they believed they were heavier than people who had not noticed such discrimination.

So what can be done with this information?

If you're looking to encourage someone to lose weight, you need to be careful to do it in an empowering way. Oversimplifying the situation ("You just need to eat less and excercise more."), villifying the person or humiliating them can contribute to this negative cycle. Instead, keep the advice informed, helpful and presented in a positive light.

From a bigger picture perspective, the study author said the country ought to consider how we can reduce weight-based discrimination.


If you are struggling with obesity and know that diet and exercise don't work for you, try our online weight loss surgery seminar to learn more about your options to help you lose weight and keep it off.

11 Weight Loss Tips for 2011, Part 3: Control your portions


This the third in an 11-part series of weight loss tips for 2011. Yesterday, we talked about water for weight loss. Today, we’re talking about portion control.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to control your portion size is to cut your portion before you even begin eating.

It is important to reduce the portion size of your average meal if you are looking to lose weight, because along with the smaller portions come smaller doses of calories, carbohydrates, etc.

Our brains, however, work against us sometimes. A study in a 2005 issue of Obesity Research featured an interesting experiment with an automatically refilling bowls of soup. The researchers found that people who were faced with a bowl that stayed full ate 73% more soup than people who ate a regular portion of soup out of a regular bowl.

We’d all like to think we are smarter than that, but your brain can play tricks on you, especially when it comes to visual cues.

So how can you cut the portion before the meal? Here are a few ideas:

If you’re cooking at home, use a side salad plate instead of a dinner plate.

If you’re at a restaurant, ask for a to-go box with the food, and put away most of the portion before you begin to eat. Keep it out of sight and out of mind.

If you’re dining at a restaurant with someone, split the meal. It’s cheaper and it might even be romantic.

No matter what method you use to trick yourself into eating an appropriate portion, the key is to do it consistently and to do it before you start eating.

At Weight Loss Surgical Center, we help people lose weight with Lap Band and Realize Band Surgeries. If you would like to learn more about these bands, download our free kit of information about Lap Band and Realize Band Surgery.

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New claims about Realize Band Success


We received some updated claims from the makers of Johnson & Johnson's REALIZE Band, and you may find them interesting if you're interested in weight loss surgery:Realize Band

  • Patients who frequently use REALIZE MySUCCESS achieved an average of 64% excess weight loss in only 18 months.
  • REALIZE MySUCCESS frequent users lost an average of 15% more of their excess weight than people who did not use the computer-based weight loss support system.
  • On average, three years after surgery, REALIZE Band patients achieve 52% excess weight loss in top performing bariatric practices.
  • Slow, steady adjustments lead to optimal results for REALIZE Band patients.
  • REALIZE Band patients who are adjusted conservatively in the first year after surgery achieved 51% excess weight loss after three years.
  • No band is safer or more effective for weight loss. (An FDA-approved claim)

At Weight Loss Surgical Center, we allow patients to choose which brand of adjustable gastric band they want. We provide all our patients with education about both bands and the claims they make, and our providers speak freely about their view of patients' experiences with both bands.

If you're considering weight loss surgery and would like to know more about the REALIZE Band as an option for adjustable gastric banding, download our free kit of REALIZE Band information today.

Weight Loss Surgery Blog Reader Poll: Obesity Legislation


I'm trying out a new survey tool today. Cast your vote, and we'll share the results.

REALIZE mySUCCESS use could mean greater weight loss


A graphic from a new study sent to us this morning from our REALIZE Band representative supports their claims that people who frequently use the online weight loss tools at REALIZE mySUCCESS have greater average weight loss than people who don't use the tool.

The chart, below, shows the average weight loss for people using REALIZE mySUCCESS frequently compared to a group who uses the tool infrequently.

REALIZE mySUCCESS users lost more excess weight. 

Those who use the online journaling tool recorded an average of 15% better excess weight loss over 18 months.

Patients who frequently used REALIZE mySUCCESS achieved an average of 64% excess weight loss, and patients who frequently used REALIZE mySUCCESS achieved an average of 15% more excess weight loss.

The tools available in REALIZE mySUCCESS are an important component to tracking, maintaining and improving success with a REALIZE adjustable gastric band.


  • Allows you and your medical team to set goals and continuously watch your progress together - especially for the first three years
  • Enables your medical providers to step in precisely when needed to keep you on track
  • Is designed to help you establish a tailored progress plan and develop new healthy habits
  • Is a personalized and interactive online tool available day and night includes digital body contouring visualization tools  

If you're interested in learning more about the REALIZE Band Solution and REALIZE mySUCCESS and how it can help you lose weight and keep it off for good, download our free kit of REALIZE Band information now. 

Weight Loss News - 2 Weeks in Review April 18, 2010


Here's what you may have missed in the last two weeks of weight loss news.If you haven't checked out this blog's companion blog, Weight Loss News, be sure to visit it for the the latest news about weight loss tips, studies and surgeries. Take a look:

I regularly update Weight Loss News whenever I come across a news item or story that might be interesting or helpful. If you use an RSS reader, you can subscribe to its feed separately. And don't forget that Weight Loss Surgical Center's Weight Loss blog has its own RSS Feed.

Also, you'll note one one of my commentary items, I left a comment link, if you'd like to share your thoughts on the topic. The Weight Loss News page has comment links for each item, and it also allows you to vote an article up if you like it or down if you don't. Popular posts will stay higher longer with your participation.

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