Helping Kids with Their Weight

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are over 75 million adults with obesity in the US. However it is not just adults who are affected by the growing rates of obesity, but children, too. Alarming rates of both overweight and obesity have been observed in children as young as preschoolers. What can be done [...]

By | 2016-11-09T17:41:56+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Research and Education|0 Comments

Surgery at an Accredited Center – Does it Matter?

At Chattanooga Bariatrics, we are proud to offer all our surgical procedures in centers which are accredited. When a center is accredited, it means that center has gone through a voluntary process which used to be known as Center of Excellence (COE) but last year became the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement [...]

By | 2016-11-09T17:41:57+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Research and Education, Surgical Weight Loss|Comments Off on Surgery at an Accredited Center – Does it Matter?

Fertility and a Father’s Obesity, is There a Link?

A new study from researchers at the University of Melbourne, adds to the numerous motivations for obese men to lose weight.  The study points to obesity as having a negative impact on sperm, leading to lower rates of conception, smaller fetuses, and reduced placental weight. (The placenta is important to not only the health of the developing [...]

By | 2016-11-09T17:41:57+00:00 September 9th, 2012|Research and Education|0 Comments

Childhood Obesity, from the American Heart Association

Dr. Jaime Ponce was quoted in an article about the American Heart Association’s new scientific statement on treating childhood obesity. According to the statement, parents and primary caregivers should be involved in treatment programs for obese children. By combing through and carefully evaluating research on several behavioral change strategies involving obese children, the statement authors [...]

By | 2016-11-09T17:42:00+00:00 April 29th, 2012|Research and Education|0 Comments

Cost of Obesity Higher Than Cost of Smoking?

The health care costs associated with obesity have now topped those associated with smoking, according to a new report published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Researchers performed a cost-analysis using health care data from 30000 Mayo Clinic employees and retirees and found, with no surprise, that health care costs were higher for [...]

By | 2016-11-09T17:42:00+00:00 April 21st, 2012|Research and Education|0 Comments

Weight Loss Surgery Best for Diabetes, Studies Show

New studies published online by the New England Journal of Medicine show that bariatric surgery far out-performed medical treatment for diabetes in obese patients. Until now, only one randomized, controlled trial has shown the superiority of surgery using the Lap-Band over medical care for diabetes treatment. These two new randomized, controlled trials provide further evidence [...]

By | 2016-11-09T17:42:00+00:00 March 27th, 2012|Gastric Sleeve, Research and Education|0 Comments

Weight Regain is Natural After Dieting

New research has demonstrated that even after dieting and losing weight, the body tries its best to regain the lost fat stores. A study of postmenopausal women found that older women who lose weight tend to gain it back again, and as fat rather than muscle. Seventy eight postmenopausal women were selected with criteria of [...]

By | 2012-03-20T14:41:51+00:00 March 20th, 2012|Research and Education|0 Comments

Weight Loss Surgery Linked to Reduction in Heart Attacks

Countless research studies have demonstrated that obesity is associated with increased cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks) and death. Now, a large study has just provided evidence that weight loss surgery can provide increased protection against cardiovascular events. A new study of more than 4000 obese individuals showed that receiving weight loss surgery was associated [...]

By | 2012-01-24T23:31:52+00:00 January 24th, 2012|Research and Education|0 Comments

Relationship Between Personality and Obesity, New Study

Research has shown that there are numerous factors that affect body weight and influence obesity. At the Gastric Band Institute, we prioritize keeping up-to-date with the latest studies related to the causes and treatments of obesity. Recently, an interesting study on obesity was published by the American Psychological Association, finding that personality traits can have [...]

By | 2016-11-09T17:42:00+00:00 January 2nd, 2012|Research and Education|0 Comments

Featured Presenter at Surgeons’ Educational Event

Dr. Jaime Ponce attended the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s (ASMBS) 2nd annual Fall Educational Event last week. He served as the Director of a video course on managing difficult cases and was featured as an expert speaker at several sessions. Before the start of the conference, Dr. Ponce participated in the ASMBS [...]

By | 2016-11-09T17:42:00+00:00 September 26th, 2011|Research and Education|0 Comments