(CBS/AP) Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery, the most common type of obesity surgery, may increase their odds of becoming an alcoholic, according to a new study. Do gastric bypass patients trade blubber for booze? The study found that patients who underwent the procedure - which shrinks the stomach's size and attaches it to a lower portion of the intestines to limit food and calorie intake - doubled their risk for excessive drinking compared with those who had less drastic weight-loss surgeries. Researchers believe gastric bypass surgery also changes how the body digests and metabolizes alcohol; some people who've had the surgery say they feel alcohol's effects much more quickly after drinking less, compared to before the procedure. The study suggests that may cause problem drinking. For the study, published online June 18 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers asked about 1,950 men and women who had various kinds of obesity surgery at 10 centers … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Gastric bypass surgery may double a patient’s risk for alcohol problems
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Correspondent Bill Lagattuta reports on the results, and the controversy over this procedure.After Rooks' surgery, Dr. Mathias Fobi was optimistic. "In six months she will lose about 150 pounds very easily," he said. "It may even be more than that."Two weeks after her surgery, Johnson almost had to learn to eat all over again, adjusting to her new, tiny stomach. She found it strange. A typical meal: two crackers and a couple of forkfuls of yogurt. Afterward, Johnson was stuffed. "A couple of times I thought, 'This is crazy,'" she said.Some experts say that weight-loss surgery creates more problems than it solves. Among the critics is Jennifer Mann, an eating disorder specialist in Los Angeles who has treated several clients who have had gastric bypass surgery. "I've seen massive infection," she said. "I've seen people hospitalized for malnutrition. I've seen people obsessed with food. I've seen people unable to stop vomiting.""I've seen people develop massive eating disorders," she … [Read more...] about Is Gastric Bypass Necessary?
A 4-year-old boy in India was so fat his parents shockingly allowed surgeons to cut away 70% of his stomach to lose weight. Rishi Khatau weighed a 98 pounds in September of last year and his parents, Dipen and Henna Khatau, claimed they had tried everything to curb his eating. The toddler was so fat he was wearing adult-sized shirts and his trouser waist was a huge size 36. Eventually they felt they had no choice but to pay a clinic to make his stomach smaller — an operation called gastrectomy — and making him one of the youngest patients in the world to undergo such an operation. “We had no other way of saving our son,” Dipen, 39, a textile trader, from Kolkata, in West Bengal, India, said. “He was slowly dying and we had tried diets and failed. The doctor told us his condition was serious, surgery was our last hope.” When Rishi was born he weighed a tiny 3 pounds, 9 ounces, and his parents spent the next 12 months lovingly … [Read more...] about Doctors remove 70% of 4-year-old boy’s stomach after he nearly reaches 100 pounds and a size 36 waist
ERIE, Pa. — Patti Vasile was so desperate to lose weight she traveled to Pittsburgh in 2003 for gastric-bypass surgery. Nine years later, the 43-year-old Erie woman was so thin and malnourished that she slept 20 hours a day and didn't have the strength to get out of bed. "I couldn't walk," said Vasile, who is 4-foot-11. "My son had to carry me around, which wasn't hard because I weighed just 62 pounds." Gastric bypass is a type of weight-loss, or bariatric, surgery performed on people who are obese and can't lose weight any other way. More than 113,000 bariatric surgeries are performed each year in the United States. They have saved countless lives by helping people shed significant amounts of weight and avoid life-threatening illnesses like heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. But they are complex surgeries that sometimes result in serious complications, said Dr. Muhammad Asad, a bariatric surgeon at Saint Vincent Health Center. The complication rate for all types … [Read more...] about Obese Pennsylvania woman who underwent gastric-bypass surgery survives after plummeting to 62 pounds
The most common type of obesity surgery may increase patients' chances for alcohol abuse, according to the largest study to demonstrate a potential link. Patients who had gastric bypass surgery faced double the risk for excessive drinking, compared with those who had a less drastic weight-loss operation. Gastric bypass surgery shrinks the stomach's size and attaches it to a lower portion of the intestine. That limits food intake and the body's ability to absorb calories. Researchers believe it also changes how the body digests and metabolizes alcohol; some people who've had the surgery say they feel alcohol's effects much more quickly, after drinking less, than before the operation. The study suggests that may lead to problem drinking. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY? The researchers asked nearly 2,000 women and men who had various kinds of obesity surgery at 10 centers nationwide about their drinking habits one year before their operations, versus one and two … [Read more...] about Gastric bypass surgery may increase risk for alcohol abuse; Procedure changes way alcohol is metabolized
It was the little things thin people don't even think about that drove Andrea Balmant to make the radical choice to undergo weight-loss surgery. Like people not even trying to squeeze into the seat next to hers on the subway. Like having only one choice of underwear - the shapeless kind. There were more serious reasons, too: Sleep apnea. Always feeling out of breath. And then, the sadness. "Deep down, you know you should change, but you go on with it and deal with it and you play like you don't care, when inside you really do," says Balmant, 30, of Queens. "I finally said, 'I'm not happy, this isn't me. I don't like to be big. '"At 5-foot-7 and 280 pounds, Balmant, an executive associate at a financial-services company, chose laparoscopic banding surgery, an option that appeals to many patients because it's reversible and causes less scarring than traditional procedures requiring large incisions. Of all the weight-loss surgeries in the United States (144,000 projected for this … [Read more...] about BAND SHRINKS & YOU DO, TOO These New Yorker decided to combat their obesity – one chose a gastric bypass, the other the less invasive lap-band procedure. Here are their stories, and a comparison of what each woman eats on a typical day.
This one is for the big boys and the women who love - or are even mildly interested in - them. Joseph Molinaro and Matthew Smith are throwing you a party. "It's gonna be huge, literally," Smith said. The Oct. 10 "Big Boy Bash" at Chick N Bones, 2178 Forest Ave. in Staten Island, will feature dance music, a raffle, discounted beer and shots, along with a special drink created just for the occasion, the "Chubby-chaser." There's a $20 cover for guys but ladies get in free. The 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. gig will provide at least a temporary oasis for the overweight lovers in the house, hosted by childhood friends who know something of the occasional turmoil involved when you're large and looking for love. "This is something we thought up that would be different, a different type of party," Molinaro said. "We know how big guys have insecurities. Approaching women in a club may be intimidating for certain guys." "Big guys in general don't like to do that," said Smith. "So this is … [Read more...] about Heavyweight pals plan S.I. ‘Big Boy Bash’ for plus-size Romeos
Steven Blair is, in his own words, a "short, fat, bald guy." But at 5-foot-5 and 200 pounds, he may very well be healthier than men much taller and leaner. He runs 25 miles a week, eats six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day and avoids processed and fatty foods. A professor of exercise science and epidemiology at the University of South Carolina, Blair is a living example of how fat doesn't play fair. And thanks to advances in his field, he is beginning to understand why. Genes, hormonal imbalances and even viruses are now acknowledged to play a role in obesity. Eating less and working out more, in fact, don't have nearly as much to do with weight loss as you might assume. "This is all counter to what people think they know," says Blair. "You can see obesity, so it's easy to say, 'Well, that person must not be trying. He must be lazy.' But that's often not the case. Our team pored over the latest studies, interviewed the top clinicians in obesity science and listened … [Read more...] about 8 things you never knew about your weight
First Reggie White died. Then Tory Epps. Then, 15 days later, Mel Agee. By mid-2005, former NFL center Jamie Dukes was not only mourning his former teammates, but fearing that morbid obesity would leave his own three children without a father.When Dukes, 44, retired in 1996 after 10 years in the league, his 6-1 frame carried a muscular 290 pounds. A decade later, prodigious eating and reduced exercise had left him at 385 pounds. The weight-related deaths of his friends and concern of his wife and children led Dukes last year to undergo gastric banding surgery - an increasingly popular procedure that is lesser-known but not nearly as invasive as gastric bypass surgery - a decision he has kept private until now. In fewer than six months, he has lost 85 pounds, and is ready to become the public face of an issue that has emerged as a silent killer of NFL retirees: obesity."This is a real hidden problem," says Dukes. "I don't know what I will die of, but I don't want it to be … [Read more...] about Ex-NFLer Jamie Dukes raising awareness about NFL’s growing obesity crisis
Where's the love between Joy Behar and her fellow lady of "The View" Star Jones? Recuperating breast-lift patient Jones - who reportedly was near death after March 17 surgery in Los Angeles, but well enough to sip Champagne at the Ivy in a photo posted on perezhilton. com - didn't get much sympathy from Behar yesterday when she called the ABC daytime show to report on her condition. And she received the third degree from leading lady Meredith Vieira. Behar fidgeted and grimaced during Jones' recitation - including her assertion that "I did not almost die" - and finally cut her off. "Okay Star, that's enough about you! On to us. Bye! " Behar screeched, following up with a salty gibe that the network edited out. "Enjoy your new t-s! " was a popular translation of Behar's bleeped remark. "I'm so glad you haven't changed," Jones responded sarcastically. Vieira relentlessly grilled Jones - who has refused to address earlier reports that she has had gastric … [Read more...] about TAKING A DIM ‘VIEW’ OF BREAST-LIFT