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The Weight of the World: More than 2 Billion are Overweight or Obese
About 2.2 billion people around the world are either overweight or have obesity and an increasing number are dying from related health diseases and conditions, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine last month. The findings represent “a growing and disturbing global public health crisis,” according to the study authors.

Opioid Use Increases in Some Patients for Years after Bariatric Surgery
While the proportion of adults with severe obesity using prescription opioids declines in the months after bariatric surgery, its use gradually climbs in the years after the operation, eventually surpassing pre-surgery rates, according to new research from a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded multicenter study led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The study found that 1 in 5 weight-loss surgery patients are taking opioids seven years after surgery.

New ASMBS Integrated Health Nutritional Guidelines Published in SOARD
The May print edition of SOARD published three new ASMBS guidelines on nutrition, a care pathway for sleeve gastrectomy and the impact of obesity and its treatment on fertility. The guidelines on nutrition update 2008 guidelines with key micronutrient research in laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, biliopancreatic diversion, and biliopancreatic diversion/duodenal switch