Bariatric Surgery
Weight Matters: When Willpower Isn't Enough

Weight Matters: When Willpower Isn't Enough

Most medical weight-loss programs first try to help you make the long-term behavioral changes necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This includes exercising regularly and eating healthy food. If you still remain seriously overweight, you and your doctor might discuss these options. More
A Guide to Bariatric Surgery
Deciding on Surgery
For the surgery to work, you must change your diet and lifestyle. In most cases, the surgery is not reversible. So if you’re considering surgery, learn all you can about it before you decide.
Types of Surgery
There are several different kinds of bariatric surgeries. An early version of the surgery, stomach stapling, has fallen out of favor because the newer surgeries result in greater weight loss.
After Surgery
Bariatric surgery will make it difficult for you to eat a large amount of solid food. After the surgery, you must eat very small meals. Eating too much or too fast may cause unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea.
About Obesity
We've all heard warnings, yet many of us keep gaining weight. More than half of American adults are overweight or obese, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Obesity in the News
ADHD Medications Won't Stunt Kids' Growth, Study Finds

Research suggests that stimulant drugs don't affect adult height

Booze, Pot Bad for Teens in Different Ways, Study Suggests

Drinking tied to unsafe driving, marijuana use linked to poorer academics, job performance

Complication Rates Low With Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction: Study

But there was slightly higher risk of complications with double mastectomy, researchers added

Daily Exercise May Halve Risk for Heart Failure, Study Says

Higher levels of activity reap greater benefits, researchers find

Double Mastectomy Doesn't Improve Survival, Study Finds

But many more women in U.S. are choosing the radical procedure

Health Highlights: Sept. 2, 2014
  • Kraft Recalls Cheese Product Slices

  • 'Keeping Fingers Crossed,' Joan Rivers' Daughter Says

Health Tip: Want Healthier Hair?

These washing and conditioning tips may help

Melatonin Doesn't Curb Delirium After Surgery

Study finds hormone supplements have no effect on elderly patients' confusion

More Evidence Breast-Feeding Lowers Child's Risk of Infections, Allergies

Human milk contains important immunological protection for children, study authors say

More Global Help Needed to Fight Ebola Outbreak

Window of opportunity to stop its spread closing, CDC and WHO say

Nerve Blocking Procedure Fails to Impress in Weight Loss Study

Modest reduction not significantly better than diet drugs or other surgeries

New Guidelines for Treating Form of Advanced Breast Cancer

Four-fifths of advanced cases are HER2-negative tumors, doctors' group says

No Clear Winner Among Popular Diets, Analysis Finds

Researchers saw little difference when it came to weight loss after one year

Obesity Fueling Rise in Diabetes Rates, Study Finds

Increase was greater for men, yet only about half could be explained by excess weight

'Pot Addiction' May Be Real, Study Suggests

Many teen marijuana users exhibited withdrawal symptoms when they tried to quit, researchers say

'Spare Tire' May Be Especially Bad for Your Blood Pressure

Weight gain around the middle was key to rising risk for hypertension, study found

Action-Packed TV a Threat to Your Waistline?

Viewers of fast-paced films filled up on more snacks, study found

Family Meals May Defuse Cyberbullying's Impact, Study Says

Support, communication appear to be buffers

Health Tip: Help Prevent Stroke

Things you can do to lower your risk

Low-Carb Beats Low-Fat for Weight Loss, Heart Health: Study

Still, experts agree there's no one-size-fits-all diet

Preterm or Small Birth Tied to Long-Term Risks to Heart, Brain

But researchers say exercise, education may help overcome deficiencies

Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly

But Americans still eat too few vegetables and too much salt, survey finds

Train Your Brain to Choose Fruit Salad Over French Fries

Study found program seemed to make low-cal fare an easy choice for a small group of overweight people

Outdoor Enthusiasts Need a Lightning Plan

Athletic trainers' group urges heightened awareness of deadly strikes

Drug Gives 'New Hope' Against Heart Failure, Expert Says

Experimental medication beat standard treatment at reducing hospitalizations, cardiovascular deaths

Biggest Ever Weekly Rise in Ebola Cases, U.N. Agency Says

About 500 new infections reported across West Africa, including first case in Senegal

'Doctor-Shopping' for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds

1 in 5 patients sought narcotics from multiple physicians

Encouraging Your Baby's Babbling May Speed Language Development

Researchers found that when parents responded, infants began to form more complex sounds

European MRSA Originated in Sub-Saharan Africa, Study Finds

Trends in tourism, migration may have contributed to its spread, researchers say

Faced With Prostate Cancer, It Helps to Know the Enemy

Men with little knowledge of the disease have trouble deciding on treatment, study finds

Health Highlights: Aug. 29, 2014
  • Many Foods' 'Trans-Fat-Free' Claims False: Study

  • Joan Rivers 'Resting Comfortably,' Daughter Says

Health Tip: Exercise While Watching Television

Get off the couch to change the channel

Health Tip: Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels

Have the child check each snack's nutrition

Monkey Trial Supports Ebola Drug That May Have Helped 2 Stricken Americans

All 18 rhesus monkeys infected with the virus survived after getting the experimental medication, researchers report

Scientists Find Differences in Brains of Those With Dyslexia

Scans showed less connectivity in regions linked to reading

Spaceflight Might Weaken Astronauts' Immune Systems

NASA studies suggest a heightened risk for illness or allergy for crew members

Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging

Tobacco industry claims change would harm small businesses, but Australian experience refutes that

Take Steps to Control Bunions

Ignoring these painful bumps will only make them worse, foot doctor says