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Obesity: The Last Bastion of Prejudice

Introduction For an obese woman living in today’s society, life can be made very hard. Seemingly simple tasks such as buckling a safety-belt, sitting in a chair, grocery shopping or standing in line are painful both physically and, even more so, psychologically. The obese are constantly ridiculed and prejudged as to their lifestyles, eating habits… Read More »

IFSO Statement on Bariatric Surgeon Qualifications

This IFSO Statement is made with the intent to guide those surgeons interested in, or engaged in the practice of, bariatric surgery to understand what qualifications are considered acceptable to the international community of bariatric surgeons (IFSO). This is based upon the IFSO’s dedication to optimizing the overall safety and long-term effectiveness of bariatric surgical… Read More »

Review: Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery

Background: According to the WHO, obesity and obesity with associated morbidity constitute a chronic, multi-factorial condition requiring treatment. Conservative treatment has been shown in long-term studies to be ineffective in morbid obesity. Surgical treatments break down into restrictive, malabsorptive, combined restrictive and malabsorptive or motility-reducing procedures. Method and results: Laparoscopic implantation of an adjustable gastric… Read More »

The Obese Are Victims Not Perpetrators

The lean are not “better” or superior persons because their weight appears “under control.” Their thinness is a biological gift. They are the lucky ones who have won the “Weight Sweepstakes.” Somehow, by a Monte Carlo roll of the dice, they received a biology which has kept their bodies within a range of weight our… Read More »

The Physiology of Weight Change

INTRODUCTION All professionals dealing with obese people, especially obesity surgeons who deal with extremely obese people, have observed the discrepancy existing between what many fat persons say and what are the common beliefs for both lay people and medical doctors. One example indicates what I mean. Practically all of the about 10,000 obese patients who… Read More »