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Book Release

In August, a new book dedicated to Obesity and its surgical management will be published: ‘Obesity, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery - A Practical Guide’. Published by Springer and edited by Dr Sanjay Agrawal, Consultant Bariatric, Laparoscopic & upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgeon, Homerton University Hospital, London and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London, the book will offer a comprehensive yet concise summary in the field of Obesity, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, making it an ideal guide for all.

Surgery in the Gulf Region

The Gulf Obesity Surgical Society (GOSS) will hold its second annual meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11-13 December 2014, organized by the Emirates Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Interest Group (EOMSIG). Bariatric News talks to Drs Fawaz Torab (GOSS General Secretary) and Mohamed Al Jarallah (GOSS President), about the aims of the society…


Bariatric News was delighted to speak with Professor Michel Gagner, Congress President of the XIX IFSO World Congress and one of the pioneers of laparoscopic bariatric surgery in North America. We discussed his career and the challenges facing bariatric surgery…

F as in Fat

The latest data from the annual F as in Fat report has reported that obesity rates in the US have plateaued in nearly all the country’s states for the first time in 30 years. Nevertheless, morbid obesity rates have grown significantly in the last 30 years; in 1980 1.4% of people were morbidly obese, compared to 6.3% today - a rise of 350%.

Exclusive Interview

Bariatric News speaks to Professor Mustafa Taşkın, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Turkey, and Congress President of the XVIII World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.


A new paper investigates the obesity epidemic from a unique angle – exactly how much fat can the planet support?

Snapshot of Brazil

A recent report released by the Brazil's Ministry of Health stated that nearly half (48.5%) of the Brazilian population was overweight, an increase from 42.7% in 2007.

Spotlight on Asia

A paper from a paper published in the Journal of Obesity entitled ‘Rising Burden of Obesity in Asia’, reports that overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in many Asian countries.

Spotlight on Europe

Bariatric News reports on the state of bariatric care in Europe, finding doctors battling a troubling epidemic with sophisticated use of public data.

Snapshot of India

In this issue, our ‘Snapshot’ features Mumbai in India, and a recent report examined the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in the city. In India, epidemiologists and international agencies have been sounding an alarm on the rapidly rising burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) for the past 15 years. It is estimated that by 2020, CVD will be the largest cause of disability and death in India, with 2.6 million Indians predicted to die due to CVD.