Formation and Growth

While Integrated Health, formerly Allied Health, has been a part of the ASMBS since its inception in 1983 (with only 3 members), it wasn’t until 1987 that the first allied health program was introduced at the annual meeting. There were few attendees and the next program did not occur until 1991, when an official “Allied Health” committee was formed. The program was a simple roundtable discussion that included nurses, a psychologist, a program director, dietitians…

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American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Obesity Groups Take Aim at States That Deny Coverage of Obesity Treatment Under Affordable Care Act

GAINESVILLE, FL – Nov. 5, 2015 – The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and groups including The Obesity Society (TOS) and Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), filed a complaint this month with U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) claiming the 27 states that deny coverage for bariatric surgery are in non-compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and that their failure to comply is discriminatory against women and people with disabilities,…

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35 Medical Societies Gather for Second Annual National Obesity Summit

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Representatives from 35 major health and medical organizations including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Heart Association (AHA), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) convened for a second annual summit in Chicago to identify opportunities for collaboration in treating obesity. “The National Obesity Summit on the Provision of Care for the Obese Patient” was hosted by the…

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Submit Videos or Films of Five Minutes or Less for Chance to Win $5,000 Prize

GAINESVILLE, FL – Aug. 12, 2015 – Time is running out for members of the public to submit short films or videos about obesity, the nation’s number one public health threat. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is sponsoring “It Starts Now,” a national contest that will award winners up to $5,000 and a trip to Los Angeles, where winning entries will premiere during ObesityWeek 2015.

Entries must be received by…

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“It Starts Now” Film and Video Contest Seeks Inspiring Stories about Obesity in America

Winning Film or Video Awarded $5,000 and National Premiere at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles

GAINESVILLE, FL – MAY 18, 2015 – It Starts Now, a nationwide competition that seeks short videos and films about obesity in America, begins today. Entries are being sought that creatively inspire, motivate and/or educate the public about issues related to obesity. Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, direction, production value, dignity, content and thoughtfulness.

A jury-awarded…

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New Evidence Prompts Update to Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Guidelines

GAINESVILLE, FL – April 5, 2013 – Significant new scientific evidence published over the last four years has prompted three major medical societies to change its guidance on who should get metabolic and bariatric surgery and which methods should be used.

The new guidelines from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and The Obesity Society (TOS) were published in the latest issues of Surgery for…

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Depression Before Surgery Does Not Interfere with Weight Loss After Surgery, New Study Shows

ORLANDO, FL – June 15, 2011 – Depression and anxiety do not seem to interfere with the amount of weight loss or the improvement of obesity-related conditions after bariatric surgery, according to a new study* of more than 25,000 patients presented here at the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Whether depressed or not, patients with morbid obesity lost about 60 percent of their excess weight within one…

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Studies Weigh in on Safety and Effectiveness of Newer Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Procedure

SAN DIEGO, CAJUNE 20, 2012 – Studies from Stanford University, Cleveland Clinic Florida and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego show laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, an increasingly popular surgical procedure where the stomach is reduced by 85 percent, is as safe as or safer than laparoscopic gastric bypass or gastric banding. The studies* were presented here at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

In one…

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