ObesityWeek 2014 focuses on â€œthe basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity.â€ This yearâ€™s event combines the annual meetings of The Obesity Society and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, bringing together "world-renowned experts in obesity to share innovation and breakthroughs in science" through "diverse educational opportunities, networking events, and scientific synergies."
A small but rigorous 6-month randomized, controlled parallel arm trial comparing alternate day fasting and daily calorie restriction showed that each approach can result in significant weight loss for individuals who are overweight or have obesity, with similar adherence between the two methods of dieting.
Physicians treating individuals affected by obesity who are contemplating laparascopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) have a new risk assessment tool available. The user-friendly online risk calculator uses a robust statistical model and can offer an accurate preoperative risk assessment, based on updated outcome data.
An intragastric dual-balloon device was well tolerated and proved effective for patients with moderate levels of obesity, owing in part to its ability to conform to stomach anatomy, according to Jaime Ponce, MD, Medical Director for the Bariatric Surgery program at Hamilton Medical Center, in Dalton, Georgia.