At their Annual Meeting in Chicago this week, the AMA (American Medical Association) took an unprecedented step and officially endorsed obesity as a disease. This came as a surprise to many as the vote from the AMA’s House of Delegates went against the Association’s Council on Science and Public Health.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of American adults are obese. The number is rising in children as well, with nearly one in three kids considered overweight or obese. Whether you are experiencing obesity yourself, or have a loved one who is working towards a healthier body weight, there

Keeping Focused When You’ve Had It

Whether it’s the kids wearing us out, an unexpected project at work that has us burning the midnight oil, or a plateau that’s been stalling our weight loss, each of us has reached a moment where we feel like saying “I’ve had it!” For many of us, before bariatric surgery those high-stress moments led us

The Long Term Benefits of Gastric Banding

At Surgical Specialists of Louisiana and Mississippi, we specialize in a wide range of weight loss procedures. Adjustable gastric banding, (often referred to as Lap-Band) is another excellent tool to help patients lose weight. Research has shown that on average, patients lose 45 to 55% of their excess body weight. Lap-Band surgery has been performed

Gastric Bypass and Pancreatic Health

There’s some exciting new research about the gastric bypass procedure. Gastric bypass seems to be able to stop damage to the pancreas, reversing the cause of diabetes in many patients, as well as alleviating the symptoms, Cleveland Clinic researchers recently reported in the journal Diabetes Care.

The Importance of Exercise

After weight loss surgery there are two important habits that a patient must develop in order to achieve the weight loss they desire. One is to maintain a healthy diet rich in vitamins, proteins, and complex carbohydrates. The second habit is to develop an exercise routine that helps build and strengthen muscles, burn calories, and

Why Sleep is Important for Weight Loss

We’ve been told time and time again, that the secret to weight loss success (especially after bariatric surgery) is to eat less and move more. While that advice is true, it seems we may be missing one additional vital component to achieving our healthy weight. According to studies done by the sleep division at Arrowhead

Body Image After Weight Loss Surgery

It’s not uncommon that after bariatric surgery, many patients who experience weight loss discover that along with a need to change their wardrobe, they may also need to change the way they view themselves. As you grow closer to your ideal weight, an important step toward embracing your new lifestyle is developing a healthy body

Finding Success with Support Groups

If someone told you that you could decrease your weight as well as the stress levels you may feel while losing weight just by doing one simple thing, would you do it? Many studies, including one by Agricultural Research Service, have shown that people who utilize support groups while building new health habits have higher
Many parents buy large meals for their children at fast food restaurants, and they tend to underestimate how many calories are actually in the food, according to a new study. There’s no denying that fast food has become a large part of America’s dining culture. According to the book Fast Food Nation, over the past