“FDA is issuing an update to alert health care providers of five reports of unanticipated deaths that occurred from 2016 to present in patients with liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems used to treat obesity. Four reports involve the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System, manufactured by Apollo Endo Surgery, and one report involves the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, manufactured by ReShape Medical Inc.
All five reports indicate that patient deaths occurred within a month or less of balloon placement…..”
Please read the FDA report of 08/10/2017 HERE
A study from the University of Texas San Antonio and published in the journal Cancer suggests that
“… women younger than age 60 diagnosed with breast cancer who have a genetic risk factor for obesity have a higher risk for gaining weight and therefore should begin a weight-loss program to increase their chance for survival.”
Sadim, M., Xu, Y., Selig, K., Paulus, J., Uthe, R., Agarwl, S., Dubin, I., Oikonomopoulou, P., Zaichenko, L., McCandlish, S. A., Van Horn, L., Mantzoros, C., Ankerst, D. P. and Kaklamani, V. G. (2017), A prospective evaluation of clinical and genetic predictors of weight changes in breast cancer survivors. Cancer, 123: 2413–2421. doi:10.1002/cncr.30628
JAMA Surgery study finds waiting until BMI rises more may lead to less good outcomes:
In depth story of how the focus of losing weight has changed from looking better to feeling better and how Oprah bought a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers for $43 million.
This study of 190 adolescents concluded
“Adolescents with obesity showed impairment of potential genetic adult height as compared to that of normal-weight subjects.”
This paper reports on the review of 11 studies which used some form of acupuncture to treat obesity.
The authors conclude : “Acupuncture for simple obesity appeared to be an effective treatment, but more studies on the safety of acupuncture used to treat simple obesity are required.”
Postgrad Med J. 2017 Jul 8. pii: postgradmedj-2017-134969. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2017-134969. [Epub ahead of print]
Acupuncture for the treatment of obesity in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Zhang RQ1,2, Tan J3, Li FY4, Ma YH3, Han LX2, Yang XL2.
Study evaluates community policies and programs (CPPs) to prevent child obesity
Frongillo EA1, Fawcett SB2, Ritchie LD3, Sonia Arteaga S4, Loria CM4, Pate RR5, John LV6, Strauss WJ7, Gregoriou M8, Collie-Akers VL2, Schultz JA2, Landgraf AJ7, Nagaraja J7.
This study from 195 countries was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and suggests:
“In conclusion, our study provides a comprehensive assessment of the trends in high BMI and the associated disease burden. Our results show that both the prevalence and disease burden of high BMI are increasing globally. These findings highlight the need for implementation of multicomponent interventions to reduce the prevalence and disease burden of high BMI.”
Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years
This JAMA study evaluates alternate day fasting as a means to better weight control and metabolic health. The conclusion:
“Alternate-day fasting did not produce superior adherence, weight loss, weight maintenance, or cardioprotection vs daily calorie restriction.”
Trepanowski JF, Kroeger CM, Barnosky A, Klempel MC, Bhutani S, Hoddy KK, Gabel K, Freels S, Rigdon J, Rood J, Ravussin E, Varady KA. Effect of Alternate-Day Fasting on Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, and Cardioprotection Among Metabolically Healthy Obese AdultsA Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(7):930-938. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0936
The USPSTF recommended in an article in JAMA this week that children ages 6 and older be screened for obesity.