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
Acne Gel Linked to Rare Side Effect, Doctors Warn

Teen developed blood disorder after using Aczone for a week

Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles

Latest infection tally on outbreak that originated in California now stands at 95

Binge-Watching TV May Be Sign of Depression, Loneliness

Researchers say hours and hours of viewing often isn't just harmless fun

Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds

Effect was more pronounced if cancer had a grim prognosis

Early Birds May Catch the Worm, but Night Owls May Snatch the Win

Athletes who are late risers perform better in the evening, study suggests

Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly

Simple technique offers possible way to assess brain injury severity, study says

Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC

Some areas are starting to see a decline in infections, official says

Good Sleep Habits, Enforced Rules Help Kids Sleep: Study

Regular bedtime, plus limits on caffeine and electronics in the bedroom, all key

Health Highlights: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Ebola Cases Lowest Since June: WHO

  • E-Cigarettes a Health Threat: California Health Officials

Health Tip: Using Sunscreen

For some, it's more of a necessity

Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds

Cluster of Colorado cases may be tied to 2014 outbreak of enterovirus D68, experts say

More Evidence That Boxing Can Lead to Brain Damage

Repeated blows to head tied to changes seen on MRIs, lower test scores, study finds

More Measles Cases Seen in January Than in Typical Year: CDC

Spread driven largely by outbreak that started at Disney theme parks in California in December

Nearly 1 in 10 Adults Skips Meds Due to Cost, CDC Says

Not taking medications as prescribed can have serious health consequences, experts note

Tamiflu Cuts 1 Day Off Average Flu Bout, Study Finds

Researchers reviewed collected data on the influenza medication

Too Much Alcohol at Midlife Raises Stroke Risk, Study Finds

The danger zone: more than 2 drinks daily

72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

Agency vows action to boost the effectiveness of the life-saving devices

ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study

But one expert stressed that treatment for the disorder may curb those impulses

Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?

Controlling blood pressure doesn't seem to affect baby, but may prevent problems for mom

Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Triggers Immune Response, U.K. Study Finds

Early trial findings echo those from a smaller U.S. study

Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: Study

Investing in treatment strategies would yield both health and economic benefits, researcher says

Have Insurers Found Way Around Obamacare 'Pre-Existing Conditions' Rule?

Analysis suggests hiking drug co-pays may help eliminate people with certain illnesses

Health Highlights: Jan. 28, 2015
  • Global Vaccination Program for Poor Children Gets $7.5 Billion

  • 'Clarity' Needed on E-Cigarettes: U.S. Surgeon General

  • Health Insurance Enrollment Reaches 9.5 Million

Health Tip: Caring for a Cut or Scrape

Suggestions for cleaning the wound

It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking

More than twice as many quit when offered financial incentives, study says

Liberals, Independents Win Life Span Sweepstakes, Study Claims

But researchers can't pinpoint why they outlived Republicans, Democrats over 30 years

More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts Estimate

But shortage of donors keeps doctors from helping more patients, researchers say

Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80

CDC study finds women more affected than men

Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women

Research can't prove cause-and-effect, but higher exposures to PCBs, phthalates showed a link

Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study

20 percent experienced gains in daily functioning, 11 percent had less severe symptoms, researchers say

Study Suggests Early Start to Football May Pose Brain Risks

Former pros who played before age of 11 showed greater deficits in memory and thinking skills

Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect

Parkinson's patients given fake drugs fared better on 'more expensive' medication

U.S. Measles Outbreak Now Numbers 87 Cases

Officials say most patients hadn't been vaccinated against the disease

Weight Gain or Loss Linked to Fracture Risk in Older Women

Study found just a 5 percent change in weight may affect postmenopausal bone health

A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth

As 'national ambassador' for March of Dimes this year, Elijah Jackson and his family will help raise awareness of issue

Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery May Up Pneumonia Risk

But study found overall rate was under 4 percent

Concussions Linked to Memory Loss in Study of Retired NFL Players

Researchers found differences and evidence of damage in areas of brain related to recall

Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns

Everyday habits appear to matter more than lifetime consumption, research suggests

Don't Become a Blizzard Casualty

Doctor shares tips for staying warm, avoiding falls

Ebola Threat Diminishing in West Africa, Officials Say

But it's too soon to predict victory over the deadly virus

Female Hormone Disorder Linked to Numerous Health Conditions

Study found women with polycystic ovary syndrome more likely to be hospitalized for variety of reasons

Good Sleep in Middle Age May Pay Benefits Later

Better functioning reported decades afterward in study

Health Highlights: Jan. 27, 2015
  • Green Coffee Bean Extract Promoter Will Pay Millions to Settle False Claims

  • New Medicare Payment Changes Focus on Quality Over Quantity

  • H7N9 Bird Flu Diagnosed in Canadian Woman

Health Tip: Dealing With Nighttime Accidents

Help your child with bedwetting

'Long Life' Gene Might Make Some Smarter, Too: Study

Greater size of particular brain region predicted better function

MRI Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsy Accuracy, Study Finds

New technology spots more aggressive cancer, but fewer low-risk cases

Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds

They were twice as likely to see disease spread, die from illness

Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

But doctors often able to identify cause of fall and help to prevent another

Soda Habit May Prompt Early Puberty in Girls, Study Suggests

Early menstruation a risk factor for depression and breast cancer, researchers say

Student Loans Take Emotional Toll on Young Adults

As college debts mount, so do depressive symptoms, study says

Watch Upper Number on Blood Pressure for Younger Adults: Study

Systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg or more raises risk for heart disease in later life, researchers say

Autism Genes Vary, Even in Affected Siblings, Study Finds

Only one-third of siblings with autism shared similar genetic variations, researchers say

Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

Class of drugs interferes with a key brain chemical, but study can't prove cause-and-effect

Childhood Neglect May Affect Brain Development, Study Says

Changes in white matter seen in institutionalized children

Could Premature Birth Affect Adult Relationships, Self-Esteem?

Young people who were born preemies start having sex later than their peers, study finds

ER Patients With Chest Pain May Not Always Need Heart Tests: Study

Such screenings didn't predict who would have later heart trouble, researchers report

FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug Nexium

The proton pump inhibitor reduces amount of acid in the stomach

Generic Form of Nexium Approved

Drug used to ease chronic heartburn

Health Highlights: Jan. 26, 2015
  • After Ebola Crisis, UN Pledges to Do Better

  • Genetically Modified Mosquitoes May be Used to Fight Viral Diseases in Florida Keys

  • H5N1 Found in Wild Duck in Washington State

Health Tip: Getting a Good Day's Sleep

When you work the night shift

How to Stay Safe When Riding Out a Blizzard

Tips for protecting you, your family and your home

Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure in Study

But finding doesn't prove cause-and-effect relationship

Many Breast Cancer Patients Lack Info on Their Cancer

Problem more pronounced among minority women, study finds

Menu Calorie Counts May Mean Less Fattening Meals for Kids

Study suggests certain calorie information might also prompt parents to encourage more exercise

Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

Motrin, Advil a safe option for children, researchers say

Natpara Approved for Hormone Disorder Causing Low Blood Calcium

Drug is for people with insufficient parathyroid hormone

New Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Approved

Bexsero prevents deadly infection of spinal cord lining

Pediatricians' Group Opposes Legal Marijuana

American Academy of Pediatrics says drug has potential to harm children

Prolonged High Cholesterol in Middle Age Raises Heart Risk Later: Study

Even slightly higher levels took their toll, researchers note

Reducing Work-Family Conflict May Improve Sleep

When managers and employees got more support in workplace, everyone got more rest, study says

Thyroid Trouble May Harm Women's Fertility, Study Finds

Experts urge routine testing of glandular function for women who have problems conceiving

Troubled Boys, Girls Have Sex Earlier, Study Finds

Disruptive behavior at age 5 was predictive in boys, age 10 for girls

Watch Out for Falling Icicles

Winter's hazards aren't all underfoot, doctor warns