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Bariatric Surgery is Safe and Effective for Teens According to New Study

Over 4 million children and adolescents in the US suffer from obesity. Despite this startling statistic, very few effective treatments are available. While bariatric surgery has been shown to be an effective treatment option for adults, few studies have focused on children. A recent study conducted through the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, looked at […]

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Men Have Less Bariatric Surgery than Women

Despite equal rates of obesity among American men and women, 80% of surgical weight loss patients are women while only 20% are male.  Researchers at University of California in San Diego investigated the cultural, demographic, and socioeconomic reasons for such a large disparity between the sexes undergoing bariatric surgeries. Researchers looked at data from nearly […]

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Obesity in Older Americans

The percentage of Americans with obesity continues to climb, with over 27% of Americans in 2014 falling into the category of obese, which is customarily defined as having a BMI greater than 30.0. Americans over 65 years of age had the sharpest increase in obesity levels, followed by 45-64 year olds. Because obesity is associated […]

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Weight or Waist ?

Dr. Shillingford’s weight loss surgery practice in South Florida oversees the care of clinically obese patients for surgical treatment of their conditions. Much in the same way that the place in Florida they call home varies between Miami, Daytona Beach, Naples, and Jacksonville so does their level of obesity. Patients range from obese to morbidly […]

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BMI and childhood obesity

The rise in prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States over the last four decades is very concerning. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 16 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 were overweight in that time period. Parents and pediatricians should take measures to track their […]

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