Good articles on WLS

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If you need some information on how and why WLS works, or you want to pass some information on to a loved one you'll be looking to for support, here are some articles on WLS. Many are from a New York Times ongoing series on WLS, but others are from various sources. 

Some of these articles provided the necessary nudge to get me in the right frame of mind to actually make my decision. 

Anyone else got any good articles? If you post them in a reply, we'll eventually have a nice little library of links here. 

  1. What Is Bariatric Surgery and How Does It Work? - A good basic overview of the main issues
  2. Why Weight Loss Surgery Works When Diets Don't - An overview of some basic information on studies in WLS
  3. Bariatric Surgery: The Solution to Obesity? - An overview of the research and the history of WLS
  4. After Weight Loss Surgery, A Year of Joys and Disappointments - A personal look into two WLS patients and their experiences in the first year
  5. My Year After Gastric Bypass - A video of one patient's experience in the first year
  6. Doctors Consider a Last Best Hope for Obese Teenagers: Surgery - Information on how teens are coping with WLS and why some doctors think it's a good idea
  7. Why You Can't Lose Weight On A Diet - A neuroscientist's views on why dieting to lose weight is so rarely effective. Framed around 'The Biggest Loser.'
  8. Reality TV Inspires Fat Study - Reporting on a medical study of former 'The Biggest Loser' contestants
  9. After 'The Biggest Loser,' Their Bodies Fought to Gain Weight - A more in-depth look at the lives of former 'The Biggest Loser' contestants
  10. Gastric Bypass Surgery's Ripple Effect - Brief report on how WLS effects can be seen in patients' families
  11. Are You a Carboholic? Why Cutting Carbs is So Tough - Information from Gary Taubes (author of several books on carbs and sugar) on the body's response to carbs and sugar
  12. Alcoholism After Gastric Bypass: Is it in Your Mind or Your Gut? - A personal story, some research, and some neurobiology on why post-op RNY patients are more likely to suffer from this
  13. Why You Shouldn't Exercise to Lose Weight, Explained with 60+ Studies - Despite what it sounds like, this article isn't anti-exercise - it just explains why exercise is not sufficient for significant weight loss
  14. When You Lose Weight, Where Does It Go? - A science-heavy explanation to a seemingly simple question
  15. Low Chance of Recovering Normal Body Weight - reporting on a study of health records that show how bad the odds are of an overweight/obese person taking off or keeping off the weight (thx @Aussie Bear)
  16. We're Barely Using the Best Tool We Have to Fight Obesity - article on how and why the surgery works, and a history of the surgery. Some references to studies. 
  17. Jewel's Story - How one teen battled obesity with medicine's best - and most underused - tool - Follows a teen on her journey from WLS through most of a year. 
  18. How Well Does Bariatric Surgery Work? We asked 11 people who got it - Just as the title says. 11 people and their experiences.
  19. Extreme Weight Loss Surgery Works, but is it thanks to the knife, or the microbes? - A brief exploration of whether anatomical changes or gut microbe changes are more important in the outcomes.
  20. Most of Us Misunderstand Metabolism. Here are 9 Facts to Clear That Up.  - Some explanation of how metabolism works and what affects it. 
  21. JAMA's spring 2018 issue highlights (thanks @Res Ipsa) - reading the highlights is free, the articles are behind a pay wall. Lots of up to date info on WLS studies.
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@BurgundyBoy and @Lankyliz - here are a few articles to get going with. 

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13 minutes ago, Stephtay said:

@cinwa, can you pin this? Excellent post @Jen581791, thank you!


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Really good thanks Jen.

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Wow @Jen581791, thanks so much for this. Can't wait to finish the readings tonight before bed. I <3 mind candy, plus no cals! :D


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6 minutes ago, Ladybugzzz86 said:

I <3 mind candy

The sugar free variety ;) 

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