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    How to Make Healthy Holiday Meals

    The holidays are less than a month away, and we all know what that means – holiday meals. On average, people can gain anywhere between 1 and 7 pounds over the season thanks to office parties, family meals, and get-togethers. All the cookies, cakes and eggnog can really add up on the scale.

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    Why is Weight Loss Surgery so Popular?

    Obesity and lifestyle are the number one indicators

    Understanding the popularity of weight loss surgery starts with understanding the obesity rates around the world. Obesity numbers in Canada point to 23% in 2004 and the rates have had no signs of abatement as the years went by. In fact, they’re even projected to increase by 5% for the next 10 years.

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    Weight Loss Surgery Benefits Outweigh Risks

    Weight loss surgery may seem like a risky decision, but staying obese is usually riskier, particularly in the long term. Time and again, studies show that as an obese person’s life marches on, their odds for good health only get worse. Cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems and sleep apnea have all been identified as side effects of obesity. And while it isn’t a guarantee that staying obese will be deadly, one can be sure that it will at least lead to poor health and, in many cases, unhappiness or depression.

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    The Pros and Cons of Weight Loss Surgery

    Since obesity is a medical condition which may have adverse effect on the body, many resort to weight loss surgery to reduce complications and increase life expectancy. However, one must make sure to carefully evaluate both its pros and cons since the effects may vary from one person to another.

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    Colorectal Cancer and Weight Loss surgery

    Epidemiological data have consistently demonstrated that there is an increasing evidence of a positive correlation between increased body weight and malignancies of the breast, pancreas, ovaries, esophagus and the colon. In fact, oncologists even suggest a more aggressive screening for cancers in the obese: especially for breast, uterine, and colorectal cancers.

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    Obesity in Teenagers and Surgery Options

    Obese teenagers have an increased risk of health as well as social problems due to their weight. These include serious conditions like arthritis, obstructive lung diseases like asthma, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, polycystic ovarian disease and diabetes mellitus (type2). Depression is especially common in this subgroup, as they are often subjected to social isolation and often, humiliation, by their peers.

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    Have you hit the plateau after WLS?

    Are you frustrated because the weight loss has just stopped? Most people after weight loss surgery experience plateaus during their attempts to lose weight. If this happens to you, don’t be discouraged; it’s a normal part of the weight-loss process.

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