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Paying for Weight Loss?

This post is not about the incredible sums of money you can pay for the often incredulous weight-loss products or services offered by the weight-loss industry. No, this post is literally about someone paying YOU for losing weight (and keeping it off). Incentive-based weight-loss programs have been around for a while (see my previous post on Lifescales, a Toronto-based company that helps employers … Read More »

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Is FTO the Junk-Food Gene?

Regular readers of my blog will by now be familiar with my “Six Natural Laws of Weight Gain” (the title of the best seller that I will hopefully one day write).  I have argued that these laws are nothing less than a finely tuned genetic program for survival – in today’s obesogenic environment – a perfect prescription for weight gain. Now, while I fully recognize that … Read More »

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When will Health Professionals Understand Obesity?

With all the talk about obesity and its increasing role as the root cause of many chronic diseases (type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea to name a few), you would think that health professionals are now regularly counseling their patients to manage their weight. Well, this clearly does not seem to be the case, at least according to a new study by Jean Ko and colleagues from Johns Hopki… Read More »

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Vitamin D Substitution after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Earlier this week, I visited Drs. Jeffery Genaw and Arthur Carlin, bariatric surgeons, at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. I would not only like to thank them for their great hospitality and allowing us to see their new bariatric surgical unit but would also like to take the time to highlight a piece of recent research done by Carlin and colleagues, just published in SOARD. As some readers … Read More »

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Lorcaserin for Obesity

Serotonin plays an important role in the regulation of ingestive behaviour. Lorcaserin (APD356), a potent, selective 5-HT(2C) agonist is currently under development by ARENA pharmaceuticals for the treatment of obesity. In this month’s issue of OBESITY, Steven Smith and colleagues from the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre, Baton Rouge, LA (where I happen to be visiting today), report on… Read More »

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Bypassing Breast Cancer?

The strong link between obesity and many forms of cancer is well documented. Not surprisingly, previous studies on obesity surgery have shown dramatic reductions (up to 60%) in overall cancer mortality. These data are supported by yet another study, this time from Nicolas Christou and colleagues from McGill University in Montreal. Apart from being a renowned Canadian bariatric surgeon, Christou is… Read More »

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