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One of the fastest growing areas of medicine is the field of bariatric surgery. Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Arrowhead and Tempe residents can stay informed about the latest advances in weight loss surgery by visiting this page of our website.

As leaders in the specialty, Weight Loss Institute of Arizona is regularly consulted by the news media as an authoritative source for accurate and up to date information about bariatric procedures. Below you will find a mix of news items, some featuring our practice, and others that we think you may find helpful in your weight loss journey. For example, for our patients in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Arrowhead and Tucson with diabetes, we've included several articles about that condition. In addition, we've provided the most recent editions of our print newsletter, BANDED Together, filled with tips and information on bariatric surgery.

BANDED Together: the Weight Loss Institute's Print Newsletters

As part of our mission to guide men and women on their weight loss journey, the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona regularly publishes a print newsletter, entitled BANDED Together. In these issues, you'll read some of our many real patient success stories, learn more about bariatric surgery, and even discover some terrific recipes! You can browse some of our print newsletters below:


The best way to know which procedure is right for you is to discuss your needs and concerns with one of our compassionate, experienced bariatric surgeons. Request your consultation online or RSVP to one of our weight loss seminars today.

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Review Finds Weight-Loss Surgery Safe and Effective

December 2013
A recent study published in the journal JAMA Surgery indicates that weight-loss surgery may be the single most effective treatment for severe obesity, in spite of the risk for complications. The results show that surgery not only helped obese patients drop pounds and improve their overall health, it also improved obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Common Dietary Struggles And How To Deal With Them

June 2013
In this article from ObesityHelp, learn about some of the most common dietary struggles post-surgical weight loss patients have and how to deal with them.

Perfect Day Eating

May 2013
Find out what the "perfect" day of eating would look like for a patient with gastric bypass or Lap-Band surgery in this ObesityHelp article.

Comic Lisa Lampanelli: 'I Lost 80 Pounds!'

November 2012
In the new issue of In Touch, Lisa Lampanelli shows off her new svelte size 12 body and reveals she's lost 80 pounds – from an unhealthy high of 248 – since undergoing gastric-sleeve surgery in April.

Weight-loss Buddy Makes the Challenge Easier, More Rewarding

November 2012
Doctors who perform surgery for weight loss in Phoenix say teaming up with a friend or family member and having LAP-BAND® surgery together can make the journey easier and twice as rewarding.

Arizona's Obesity Rate Could Hit 58.8% by 2030

September 2012
The number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, is on course to increase dramatically in Arizona over the next 20 years, according to a report released today by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

New Study Shows Bariatric Surgery Prevents Diabetes

August 2012
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that obese men and women who undergo bariatric surgery are less likely to develop diabetes. Bariatric surgery, in contrast to usual efforts to combat obesity, reduces the long-term development of type 2 diabetes by 78% in obese patients.

Most Americans Ignore Truth About Obesity, Researchers Say

August 2012
Many Americans think that people's individual decisions – not societal factors – are to blame for the obesity epidemic, but this is an oversimplified view that could hinder progress toward obesity prevention, researchers argue in a new editorial.

Obesity: A Big Fat Problem For America's Future

June 2012
The National Institute of Health defines obesity as having too much body fat. It's been described as the fastest growing public health challenge for the U.S. As the prevalence of obesity has increased, so have related health care costs.

Jets Coach Ryan Gives the Skinny on Weight Loss

July 2012
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has lost over 100 pounds in the past two years. He has only recently revealed how he accomplished this amazing feat – through Lap-Band surgery in 2010. He says, "I can't recommend something more strongly than the Lap-Band because of what it's done for me."

Bee Gee Robin Gibb Dies of Colon Cancer

May 2012
After years of fighting, Robin Gibb has finally succumbed to colon cancer. The saddest part of his death is that it could have been prevented. Colon cancer is the only cancer that can be diagnosed AND treated with a single screening test called a colonoscopy. Did you know that WLIA can perform this test?

Studies Show that Weight Loss Surgery May be Effective Against Diabetes

April 2012
Recent studies performed by researchers at Harvard University and the Cleveland Clinic have shown that weight loss surgery may be more effective in treating diabetes than even extremely supervised regimens of diet, exercise and medications.

The Worst 'Healthy' Foods In America

May 2010
Coming soon to chain restaurants nationwide: Calorie counts on chain restaurant menus and menu boards. To us at Eat This, Not That!, this particular provision couldn't have come soon enough. Case in point: Any of the menu items listed below.

People Get Hungrier When They're Starved for Sleep

April 2010
In a study, researchers found that normal-weight young men ate a Big Mac's-worth of extra calories when they'd gotten four hours of sleep the night before compared to when they slept for eight hours.

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