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Man Who Lost 650 Pounds Loses Even More

Paul Mason had a second skin-removal surgery Wednesday

(Newser) - The New York Times has an inspiring update on the man once known as the world's fattest. Paul Mason, who at one point weighed as much as 980 pounds, had to be removed from his apartment with a forklift in order to receive gastric bypass surgery in 2010. After... More »

Woman Loses Vision After Weight-Loss Surgery

Not to mention severe pain and lesions on her eyes

(Newser) - After a Texas woman had gastrointestinal surgery, she lost weight as expected—but she also lost her vision. According to a study published last week in JAMA Ophthalmology, the woman in her 40s started complaining of deteriorating vision, eye pain, and lesions on her eyes. Study author Kyle Kirkland tells... More »

Reversal: Insurer Will Cover Girl's Obesity Surgery

Alexis Shapiro, 12, suffers from rare ailment

(Newser) - The wave of national attention for 12-year-old Alexis Shapiro seems to have changed the mind of her insurer: It will cover a potentially life-saving gastric bypass procedure for her after all, reports NBC News . Alexis is 4-foot-7 but weighs about 200 pounds because of a rare disorder—a complication from... More »

Obese Girl 6 Weeks Away From Life-Saving Surgery

Thanks to the kindness of strangers, and a Cincinnati hospital

(Newser) - It seems 2014 could be a very good year for Alexis Shapiro, the Texas 12-year-old whose plight got a wave of national attention over the weekend. Alexis suffers from hypothalamic obesity, a rare condition that causes her to constantly feel hungry; even with a strict diet, her 4-foot-7 frame carries... More »

Starving and Obese, Girl Fights for Needed Surgery

After insurer turns her down, Alexis Shapiro's family turns to the masses

(Newser) - Alexis Shapiro is 12 years old, 4-foot-7, and 198 pounds—a weight that is growing at a rate of at least two pounds a week. It's due to a very rare condition known as hypothalamic obesity, which itself was born from another medical issue. As NBC News reports, the... More »

10 Celebs Who've Had Weight Loss Surgery

One even had gastric bypass and a lap band

(Newser) - Not all celebrities lose weight by subsisting entirely on air and kale . Celebuzz rounds up 10 stars who've gone under the knife to shed some pounds:
  • Sharon Osbourne got lap-band surgery in 1999 and lost 125 pounds, but by 2006 she had gained back 65 pounds and said the
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New Diet Device: Eat, Then Suck Food From Stomach

Weight-loss pump intended for the morbidly obese

(Newser) - You'll need an, uhh, strong stomach to make it through this story: The latest in dieting is a device dreamed up by Segway inventor Dean Kamen that's designed to suck food right out of your stomach 20 minutes after you've feasted on it. Kamen and a team... More »

Jesse Jackson Jr. Has Bipolar Disorder

Likely a result of his 2004 gastric bypass surgery

(Newser) - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is responding well to treatment, doctors at the Mayo Clinic say. The Illinois congressman, who has been absent from Congress since early June, is suffering from the milder and more easily treated version of the disorder, according to the... More »

For Some Diabetics, Answer May Be Surgery

Diet, exercise, medication less effective for obese patients with Type 2 diabetes

(Newser) - It almost sounds too good to be true: You're obese, and suffering from Type 2 diabetes—how to best control your blood sugar? You can get on a strict regimen of diet, exercise, and medicine ... or just undergo weight-loss surgery. If surgery seems like the slightly easier solution, it... More »

Gastric Bypass Works Better Than Lap-Band: Study

Older procedure fares better in year-long review

(Newser) - Lap-Band surgery got a big thumbs up from the FDA a week ago, but a new study has found that gastric bypass, an older weight-loss surgery, may be the best option for overweight patients. Researchers at UC San Francisco found that the gastric bypass procedure known as Roux-en-Y bypass, which... More »

An Obese Woman's Struggle With Food

Jennifer Joyner tried everything before realizing true problem

(Newser) - Jennifer Joyner was "a longtime member of the morbidly obese," avoiding the reflection of her 336-pound body in the mirror and wondering how her husband could still want her. For years, she could not stop eating, "cheeseburgers and French fries and pepperoni pizzas and chocolate bars smothered... More »

Teen Girls Drawn to Risky Weight-Loss Surgery

Gastric banding is popular—but not FDA-approved for youths

(Newser) - Teen girls are lining up for a weight-loss surgery known as gastric banding, prompting concerns from health experts who fear many may be sacrificing their well-being to look skinny, the Daily Beast reports. Banding is pitched as a safer, less invasive procedure than gastric bypass, and it's gaining popularity among... More »

Bypass Surgery Looks More and More Like Diabetes Cure

No one knows why, but docs are embracing bypass as a cure

(Newser) - Just why it works is still murky, but the connection between gastric bypass surgery and the reduction—or even elimination—of diabetes is so strong that some doctors are suggesting it as a treatment. “We may have a cure for diabetes,” one tells the Los Angeles Times. While... More »

Ex-View Buddies Swap Barbs

Onetime co-host slams Walters tell-all as cry for attention

(Newser) - Star Jones is blasting back at Barbara Walters for claims made in her new tell-all memoir, US magazine reports. Walters writes in Audition that Jones compelled her and the other co-hosts of The View to lie about her gastric bypass surgery. More »

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