Published in September/October 2015 Issue             

New York City Kicks Off 2015 Walk from Obesity Fall Season

TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz and radio’s Elvis Duran were on hand for New York City’s Walk from Obesity on September 13th. More than 300 people participated and over $32,000 was raised at the event held at Riverside Park. Duran, who had weight loss surgery last December said, “Less than a year ago, I weighed 110lbs more than I do right now. I now live in a world where I can see colors better, I can smell things better, my life has totally changed.” Dr. Oz commented, “There is no question that some people struggle more with weight and for some people the best way to lose weight is through a procedure that has been pioneered by some people in this crowd right now. Weight loss surgery is not an easy path, it’s a challenge, and it’s not a cop-out.” Walk from Obesity events will be held in 19 more locations this fall across the country. To learn how to get involved please visit

New Courses at ObesityWeek 2015

ObesityWeek 2015 will feature news courses related to MBSAQIP and the new
intragastric balloon.

  • PANEL SESSION: ENDOLUMINAL BARIATRIC PROCEDURES: Join Drs. Aurora Pryor and Bipan Chand in a panel session focusing on weight recidivism and primary endoluminal procedures, including discussion of intragastric balloons.

  • DIDACTIC COURSE ON INTRAGASTRIC BALLOONS: This course will feature leading surgeons, including Drs. Natan Zundel, Erik Wilson, Jamie Ponce and Manoel Galvăo Neto, who will discuss the current data and technique specifics on these newly-approved devices.

  • LATE-BREAKING NEWS & NOVEL PROCEDURES: Hear about the latest technologies in bariatric surgery in this paper session.

Go to to register today.

Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) 4th Annual Your Weight Matters
National Convention

The OAC held its fourth annual Your Weight Matters Convention in San Antonio and 575 came to the Lone Star state for three days of education, activity and support in August. The convention theme was YWM2015, Our Journey – Restore, Refresh, Renew. According to an OAC news release, “With a strong educational foundation delivered by some of the leading healthcare professionals in the nation, registrants armed themselves with the necessary evidence-based information to not only improve their weight and health, but also to move forward with the OAC in raising awareness of obesity, combating weight bias, advocating for access to care and much more.” Additionally, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, the OAC opened its doors for free for one day of the convention to all local residents. From visiting more than 30 health-focused vendors to receiving a free health screening, Texans from all across the state had the opportunity to experience YWM2015. To read more about YWM2015 and see a full list of the OAC Annual Awards, click here.