Bariatric Times

JUL 2017

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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4 Bariatric Times • July 2017 a rea. Preparations are underway for The 22nd World Congress of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic D isorders (IFSO), taking place in London, United Kingdom, August 29 to September 2, 2017. I thank Tracy Martinez RN, BSN, CBN, Chair, IFSO Integrated Health, and Mary O'Kane, RD, BSc (Hons), MSc, FBDA, IFSO Integrated Health Chair-elect, for the w odenrful preview of what will transpire at the upcoming meeting. To close on this excellent edition, I would like to thank John Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS, for leading the American S ociety for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) nominations committee into the new election season. As mentioned by John in his interview, we need our membership to get involved in our committees and voting for our new leaders. Over the past years, w e have developed what I believe is a fair and transparent election process. Leadership is not only about clinical or academic excellence, but rather it is service to our members and society goals. The nominating committee makes sure that all three of t hese qualities are balanced in our nominees so that our members can choose from those who excel. Sincerely, Raul J. Rosenthal, MD, FACS, FASMBS REFERENCES 1. Wild S, Roglic G, Green A, Sicree R, King H. Global prevalence of diabetes: estimates for the year 2000 and projections for 2030. Diabetes Care. 2004;27(5):1047–1053. A Message from Dr. Raul Rosenthal continued... A Message from Dr. Christopher Still continued... c hair of the task force that authored the Society's scientific statement hit the nail on the head when he said in a press release, "To effectively treat obesity, we need to better understand the m echanisms that cause this phenomenon, and to devise interventions that specifically address them. Our therapeutic focus has traditionally been on achieving weight reduction. Most patients can do this; what they have the most trouble with is keeping the w eight off." I agree that weight maintenance is just as important as weight loss, and I believe these are two separate physiologic states that r equire, again, specific though perhaps different interventions. More research will hopefully tell us more about the post-weight loss stage of the journey, whether weight loss is being achieved through behavioral therapy, pharmacotherapy, surgery, or a combination of t reatments. Early intervention when it comes to both states is likely needed, as is good follow up. I'm encouraged by this statement and remain excited to learn what future research will reveal. There is always an opportunity to l earn more, and the more we understand, the better equipped we will become to effectively treat our patients. Sincerely, Christopher Still, DO, FACN, FACP REFERENCES 1. Schwartz MW, Seeley RJ, Zeltser LM, et al. Obesity pathogenesis: An Endocrine Society scientific statement. Endocr Rev. er.2017-00111. Letter to the Editor Submissions Bariatric Times welcomes letters for possible publication. Letters should be no more than 500 words and five references. Letters that comment on a Bariatric Times article will be considered if they are received within two months of the time the article was published. All letters are reviewed by the editors and are selected based upon interest, timeliness, and pertinence, as determined by the editors. Send letters to: Angela Saba at or mail to: Angela Saba, Bariatric Times, Matrix Medical Communications, 1595 Paoli Pike, Suite 201, West Chester, PA 19380. Include the following statement with the letter:"The undersigned author transfers all copyright ownership of the enclosed/attached letter to Matrix Medical Communications in the event the work is published. The undersigned author warrants that the letter is original, is not under consideration by another journal, and has not been previously published. I sign for and accept responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors."

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