The Surgical Specialists have joined the world of social networks. In addition to daily patient care that we provide in the “real” world, now we have stepped into the realm of virtual communication, resources and news – not just through and our weight loss surgery blog, but also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, which many of you are probably already using on a regular basis!
Great news for individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30-35 and one or more obesity related comorbid conditions! In February 2011, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the expanded use of the LAP-BAND for people in this category who have failed conservative weight loss attempts such as diet and exercise.

Childhood Obesity and Sleep Deprivation

Who would have thought it? Lack of sleep in kids has a direct correlation to childhood obesity. For one week, the University of Chicago tracked the sleep patterns of 308 children (ages 4-10) in Louisville, KY. Adolescents who got the least amount of sleep had a 4.2 times higher risk of becoming obese. Those who slept during the week but stayed up late on weekend nights tripled their risk.

Apples, Apricots & NoBesity For Kids

Nobesity for kids (NB4K) is partnering with local community centers to provide free nutrition and yoga classes for children. NB4K is aligned with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign”. Apples and Apricots… are good for you! Apples can be traced back to the Romans and Egyptians who introduced them to Britain and America. Apricot in Latin means “precious” because this fruit ripens earlier than other summer fruits.