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
Phone-Focused Parents a Danger to Their Kids at Playground

This distraction raises odds of child injuries, study finds

Teens With History of Self-Poisoning Face Greater Suicide Risk

Study finds odds as much as 30 times higher, even years later

Young Brains May Gain Skills When Parents Read to Kids

Small study using MRIs suggests being read to boosts ability to visualize stories

2nd U.S. Ice Cream Maker Pulls All Products After Listeria Threat

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams joins Blue Bell Creameries after test showing contamination

Baby Swings, Car Seats Not Safe for Sleeping

To avoid suffocation, put infants down in a crib, expert says

Childhood Abuse, Neglect Linked to High Blood Pressure in Adulthood

Finding suggests interventions aimed at these kids might make a difference, researcher says

Childhood Self-Control Linked to Better Job Prospects Later in Life

Study shows potential long-term impact from behavior learned as a child

Cigars Pose Dangers Similar to Cigarettes

Risk of death and certain cancers increased, study finds

Could Blowing Your Horn Cut Your Odds for Sleep Apnea?

Playing a wind instrument may help strengthen airways, researchers suggest

Daily Aspirin Taken by More Than Half of Older U.S. Adults

Usage doesn't always comply with national guidelines

Drug-Related HIV Outbreak Spurs Nationwide Alert

More than 140 cases of the AIDS-causing virus reported in rural Indiana

Health Highlights: April 24, 2015
  • Tanning Salons Sued by New York State Attorney General

  • Diet Pepsi to Switch from Aspartame to Sucralose

  • Heavy Drinking, Binge Drinking on the Rise in U.S.

  • Minnesota Declares State of Emergency Over Bird Flu

  • FDA Warns Supplement Makers About Stimulant

Health Tip: Get Active During Summer

Suggestions for a healthier you

Health Visits May Offer Chance to Prevent Suicide

Study says many see a doctor before ending their life

Late-Life Transition Like Bruce Jenner's Full of Challenges, Rewards, Experts Say

People with issues involving gender identity may struggle for years before taking action

Prices of MS Drugs Soaring, Study Finds

No medications available for disabling disease for less than $50,000 a year in United States, researchers say

Wider Use of Naloxone Could Cut Deaths From Drug Overdoses: CDC

Agency urges expanding access to the prescription antidote among EMS personnel

Antibiotic Shortages On the Rise in U.S.

Commonly used medicines are essential, but not profitable for companies, expert says

Ebola Outbreak May Have Led to Almost 11,000 More Malaria Deaths: Study

Overwhelmed systems caused deadly disruptions in health care, experts say

Foods That Help Keep the Pounds Off as You Age

Study found it's not just about calories; some foods not as bad for waistline as thought

Genes May Determine Whether You're Mosquito Bait

Study found DNA-linked body odor attracts or repels biting insects

Health Highlights: April 23, 2015
  • Man Not Guilty of Sexually Abusing Wife With Alzheimer's

  • VA Launches Review of Disability Claims Processing

  • Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Hip Strain?

Athletes are considered at higher risk

Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High: Report

Number of people needing treatment also rose in recent years

Impotence Drugs Don't Fix All Sexual Concerns: Study

Even with the meds, many men worry about erections, orgasms and desire

Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Shielding African Children

Even though shot offered less-than-perfect protection, millions might benefit, researchers say

Many Breast Cancer Patients Still Opt for Mastectomy Over Lump Removal

Better pre-surgical chemotherapy means more of the breast can safely be saved, researchers say

Moderate Drinking May Be Less Beneficial for Blacks

Guidelines might need modification to reflect racial differences, researcher says

Orthopedist Offers Tips for Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Strengthening, stretching exercises help maintain stability

Ovary Removal Reduces Breast Cancer Death in BRCA1 Carriers: Study

The sooner, the better, researchers found

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Rashes Can Be Serious

But, expert says most can safely be treated at home

Smog May Be Harming Your Brain

Tiny particles of pollution might shrink the brain and increase risk of 'silent' strokes, study contends

Why Ringing in the Ears May Be Hard to Treat

Study found tinnitus activates much larger area of brain than normal sounds do

Ban Flavoring, Ads for E-Cigarettes, Doctors' Group Says

Backers of the devices say bans would destroy the market, may drive some smokers back to cigarettes

Bird Flu Poses Little Threat to People: CDC

Genetic analysis indicates public shouldn't be alarmed, 'cautiously optimistic' health officials say

Chronic Migraines Take Big Toll on Families, Survey Finds

Debilitating headaches meant less participation in family activities, canceled plans each month

Could Weak Bones, Sudden Hearing Loss Be Linked?

In study, people with osteoporosis were at higher risk for deafness occurring over a few days

Depression Tied to Worse Outcomes for Black Patients With Heart Failure

Treating mental health condition might improve cardiovascular health, expert says

Ebola Treatment Shows Promise in Monkey Study

Antiviral drug cured animals with advanced infections, researchers say

Gene May Play Part in How Kids Respond to Asthma Meds: Study

Chemical signal linked to how well corticosteroids worked

Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Rare Immune Disorder

People with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome rarely live beyond their 20s, 30s

Health Highlights: April 22, 2015
  • Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

  • Trader Joe's Sausage Recalled

  • Woman's Death After Taking Diet Pills Under Investigation

  • Dr. Oz Says He Won't be Silenced

  • Botulism Suspected in Ohio Death and Illnesses

Health Tip: Dealing With Bedtime Anxiety

Reassure children that they'll be safe

Health Tip: Manage Weight-Loss Goals

Adjust targets as needed

Most Adults Don't Support Medical Marijuana for Kids, Poll Finds

Most also disapprove of its use in front of children

New Technology Tests Tumors Inside the Patient to Find Best Treatment

Experimental devices might reduce risk of side effects, lower costs, researchers say

Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors, Study Suggests

Cholesterol-lowering drugs cut heart risks, but may spur muscle weakness, memory declines

Vaccine Spurs Immune Response to Fight Aggressive Cancers in Mice

Researchers have begun early human trials, say findings could lead to blueprint for tailored treatments