Online Support for Weight Loss
Sources of Information Online:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
There are many different web sites out there
filled with information about weight loss surgery. Some
of these have very high-quality content, but regrettably
some of them don't. The links listed below provide some
high-quality information about weight loss surgery.
Please note that these
sites are in no way affiliated with either the Mount
Sinai Program for Surgical Weight Loss or the SurgicallySlim
website. Although these are high quality website's,
we cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information
Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS)
The ASBS is the largest society of bariatric
(weight loss) surgeons in the world. You'll find an
interesting history of weight loss surgery there.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This is the website created by the National Institute
of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
which is a division of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). The link here will take you to an NIH brochure
that discusses the different types of weight loss surgery.
ObesityHelp is a website created by the Association
for Morbid Obesity Support. Initially designed as an
online peer support forum, it has grown substantially
and is now one of the most visited bariatric surgery
website's. The link here will take you to the page for
Dr. Herron's patients, where you will be able to read
comments by patients about Dr. Herron and the Mount
Sinai Program for Surgical Weight Loss.
This link will take you to the ObesityHelp web
page for Dr. Kini's patients.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosted
a conference in 1991 to develop a national consensus
about weight loss surgery. The resultant document is
widely cited by both bariatric surgeons and insurance
companies. This link will take you to the full text
of the statement.
Yahoo provides a large number of online support
groups for weight loss surgery patients. Some of these
are general online forums about weight loss surgery,
while others are oriented toward one particular hospital's