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
Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles

CDC report of transmission in U.S. air terminal shows how easily the virus can spread

Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check

Those in poorest shape were more likely to have high blood pressure, study found

Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk

Inability to stand on one foot for 20-plus seconds could suggest brain vessel damage, study contends

Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds

But medications such as ibuprofen pose their own risks, experts say

Frail Elderly Might Benefit From High-Dose Flu Shot

Ramped-up vaccine elicits greater immune response, study finds

Health Highlights: Dec. 18, 2014
  • Former NFL Players' Lawsuit Over Painkillers Dismissed by Judge

  • No Evidence Paleo Diet Matches Early Human Eating Habits: Study

Health Tip: Eating Disorder Can Hurt Your Child

Here are possible health consequences

Health Tip: Tossing Leftover Food

A timeline of when food tends to go bad

'Homing Signal' in Brain Helps Humans Navigate, Research Shows

Finding may explain why some people are less likely to get lost than others

Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC

But health officials still urge people to get inoculated because the shot should offer some protection

Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

Memory of correct way to use inhalers, epinephrine pens faded over time, researchers report

Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report

Ebola, mumps, other illnesses suggest public health systems need strengthening, researchers say

Scratch From Pet Rat Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk

'Rat-bite fever' also sickened 16 others in 2000-2012 in San Diego County alone, report noted

Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance

Researchers found the positive effect lingered into adulthood

Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study

Researchers suspect that more marked hormonal changes may explain possible connection

Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

Expert notes, however, that potential threat is small

Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

But experts question value of finding when so many other risk factors for disease can be changed

Study Supports Benefit of Widely Used Glaucoma Drug

Prostaglandin analogue eye drops can slow deterioration of vision that comes with the disease

Xtoro Approved for Swimmer's Ear

Infection's symptoms include pain, swelling and redness

Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit

But cytisine isn't widely available, study authors note

College Students Say 'Curiosity' Leads Them to Fake Pot

Preventive measures should target younger kids, survey suggests

Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests

Experts can't explain why testosterone levels of men declined early in partner's pregnancy

Federal Health Marketplace Enrolls Another 2.5 Million Americans

Re-enrollment of current health-plan participants continues

Few Parents Think 18-Year-Olds Can Handle Their Health Care

Yet poll says two-thirds think older teens should be able to take charge

Flying Time Could Raise Skin Cancer Risks for Pilots

Study found a one-hour flight equaled the UV ray exposure of a 20-minute tanning bed session

Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb

Women have slightly greater gains than men, study finds

Health Highlights: Dec. 17, 2014
  • No Evidence Paleo Diet Matches Early Human Eating Habits: Study

  • Alcoholic Drink Calorie Info to be on Menus

  • Tax-Free Savings Accounts for Disabled Americans

  • New Brain Injury Treatment Program for NFL Players

  • FDA Approves System to Make Donated Blood Safer

  • Compounding Center Owners Arrested in Connection With Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

  • U.S. Doctor Cured of Ebola Says He'll Return to Liberia

Health Tip: Spot the Signs of a Fractured Thumb

Pain and tenderness are prime signals

Health Tip: When Children Wake at Night

Separation anxiety is a frequent cause

'Low-GI' Diet May Not Benefit Blood Sugar

Focus should be on eating healthy foods rather than glycemic index, experts say

Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests

The headaches were tied to a doubling of odds for the facial paralysis, researchers say

Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

Easing federal restrictions on pot research might help get answers, doctors say

New System Targets Germs in Donated Blood Plasma

Reduces risk of infected donation

Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says

Even fewer consume an amount thought to help curb heart disease, study found

Screening Test Finds Drugs That Show Promise Against Ebola

Researchers uncover 53 potential treatments; all are already FDA approved but need more study for this use

Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

Drugs such as Xanax, Valium tied to confusion and falls, experts say

Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

Treatment must be given within 6 hours after a stroke starts, researchers say

Texas Infant Dies of Legionnaires' Disease After 'Water Birth'

Though health officials couldn't confirm source of infection, they warn of dangers of practice

Ebola Survivors Face Critical Problems

Programs have been set up to help provide support and new possessions

Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds

States with more random traffic stops, DUI arrests have fewer drivers fail breath tests

FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos

Ultrasound imaging, heartbeat monitoring should be left to medical professionals, agency says

First Newborn Screening Test Approved for Rare Immune Disorder

Blood test can help identify Severe Combined Immunodeficiency

Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection

But animal-to-human transmission of this bacteria is rare, researcher says

Health Highlights: Dec. 16, 2014
  • U.S. Doctor Cured of Ebola Says He'll Return to Liberia

  • U.S. Teens Now More Likely to Use E-Cigarettes Than Traditional Cigarettes

  • Vivek Murthy Confirmed as U.S. Surgeon General

  • Ruling Blocking Arizona Abortion Law Stands: Supreme Court

Health Tip: Protect Children During Holidays

Clean up quickly after a party

'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults

Doctors explain reasons behind surge in cases of chicken pox, mumps, whooping cough and the like

Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months, Experts Say

Studies find semen retains deadly virus for up to 91 days

Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says

Kids who actively participate show greater thought processing gains

Poor Students Eat Healthier Foods at School, Study Finds

Having fruits and vegetables available boosts nutrition for some, researchers say

Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC

Rates of chlamydia dip for the first time in 30 years

Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds

Flexible start times, less late-night TV would help solve America's problem, experts say

Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors

Review found those who took yoga classes saw improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, weight

Alcohol Before Bedtime Won't Help Your Sleep, Study Finds

Researchers advise against using booze to help get shut-eye

Doctors Aren't Discussing Sex With Heart Attack Survivors

Study of younger patients finds they often get misinformation

Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says

Medication combos may cause side effects or reduce treatment effectiveness, expert notes

E-Cigarette Use May Be Rising Among Teens

Nearly one-third of those surveyed in Hawaii have tried the devices

FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk

The screen is meant for people without history of heart disease, agency says

Feel Younger Than Your Age? It May Help You Live Longer

Researchers found death rate among young at heart was lower during study period

Health Highlights: Dec. 15, 2014
  • Ruling Blocking Arizona Abortion Law Stands: Supreme Court

  • N.Y. Toddler Dies From Liquid Nicotine Poisoning

  • Hockey Star Sidney Crosby Has the Mumps

  • Health Insurance Websites Increasingly Busy Ahead of Deadline

Health Tip: Be Aware of Icy Spots

And reduce your risk of falling

Health Tip: Watch for Food Allergies

Know the ingredients of any food you taste

Indoor Tanning Tied to Burns, Fainting, Eye Injuries: Study

Women, whites account for majority of emergency room patients

Medication Linked to Fewer Injuries in Kids With ADHD

Older teens experienced the greatest drop in injury risk while taking Ritalin, researchers report

New Test Estimates Risk of Heart Disease

Agency says best results obtained for black women

Obese Kids' Brains Show Stronger Response to Sugar: Study

Research suggests that some children may be 'wired' to crave sweet foods

Outreach Program May Help Poorer Smokers Quit

Efforts included phone-based counseling and free nicotine-replacement therapy

Timing of First Period Tied to Women's Later Heart Risk: Study

Getting it earlier or later raised chances of trouble, experts think childhood obesity might be at play

Vaccinating Schoolkids Cuts Flu in Communities: Study

Infection rate went down among other population segments, such as preschoolers and adults

When Gas Prices Go Up, So Do Motorcycle Accidents, Study Finds

Shift to lower-cost transportation carries a hefty price