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Bariatrics & Obestity: Introduction

Welcome to the Bariatrics & Obesity Subject Specialty Guide.  In this guide, we have provided links to evidence-based literature from the Medline database, links to full text electronic books, RSS feeds from relevant journals and links to our catalogue of e-resources.

Use the tabs at the top of this guide to access further resources.

The guide has been primarily produced for use by Hospital and Health Service clinical staff of Queensland.  As a result, some of the links provided in this site are restricted to Hospital and Health Service staff.

Obesity- Why it Matters

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) identify obesity as "a major risk factor for cardiovascuar disease,
Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeltal conditions and, some cancers" (AIHW, 2017). They report 63% of Australian adults
and 25% of Australian children are overweight or obese (AIHW, 2017).

Definition - Bariatrics

Medical Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

"Activities related to WEIGHT REDUCTION in patients with OBESITY. Treatment
methods
include DIET; EXERCISE; BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION; medications; and BARIATRIC SURGERY. "

(MeSH, 2017)

Definition - Obesity

Medical Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

"A status with BODY WEIGHT that is grossly above the acceptable or desirable weight, usually due to
accumulation of excess FATS in the body. The standards may vary with age, sex, genetic or cultural background.
In the BODY MASS INDEX, a BMI greater than 30.0 kg/m2 is considered obese, and a BMI greater than 40.0 kg/m2
is considered morbidly obese (MORBID OBESITY)."

(MeSH, 2017)

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