New Study Finds Most Bariatric Surgeries Performed in Northeast, and Fewest in South Where Obesity Rates are Highest, and Economies are Weakest

Posted 11/15/2018

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NASHVILLE, TN – Nov. 15, 2018 – West Virginia and Mississippi may have the two highest obesity rates in the nation but rank 25th and 45th in the country when it comes to the number of weight-loss surgeries per capita, and have two of the worst state economies, according to a new…

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Metabolic Surgery Significantly Better Than Drug Therapy

Posted 11/14/2018

People with diabetes and severe obesity who had metabolic surgery were much less likely to die from diabetes or any other cause than those who received drug therapy alone, according to a new meta-analysis by German researchers who presented their findings today at ObesityWeek℠ 2018

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Mortality From Heart Failure Cut in Half in Weight-loss Surgery Patients

Posted 11/13/2018

New Cleveland Clinic Study Shows Bariatric Surgery May Have Protective Effect After Heart Failure

Patients who have previously undergone weight-loss or bariatric surgery, and later suffer unrelated heart failure, cut their risk of dying in half compared to those who did not have surgery, according to a new study from Cleveland Clinic researchers who presented their findings* today at ObesityWeek℠ 2018

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October 2018 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 10/5/2018

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September/October 2018 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 10/4/2018

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On September 27, 2018, more than 60 obesity advocates descended on Capitol Hill as part of the Obesity Care Advocacy Network’s (OCAN) Fall Advocacy Day. The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) served as the host organization for the Day on the Hill as OMA provided the majority of advocates who were already in Washington, DC for the association’s Overcoming Obesity 2018 Conference.

In total, OCAN advocates visited 55 Senate…

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August 2018 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 8/5/2018

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July 2018 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 7/13/2018

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On June 12, 2018, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) approved a resolution drafted by the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), entitled “Removing Barriers to Obesity Treatment.” The OMA succeeded in their efforts because OMA delegates Dr. Ethan Lazarus and Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford lined up a number of supporting groups, including the Colorado delegation, the Minority Affairs Section, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American…

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June 2018 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 6/8/2018

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

At the time of this report, the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) was aggressively campaigning to secure support and passage for Resolution 201 (A-18), entitled “Removing Barriers to Obesity Treatment.” To date, the OMA has lined up a number of supporting groups, including the Colorado delegation, the Minority Affairs Section, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Endocrine Society, American College of…

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