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3 June 2014, San Antonio, TX — Surgery is an option to control diabetes: Richard M. Peterson, MD, Medical Director, Christus Weight Loss Institute at Westover Hills, interviewed by News 4 WOAI San Antonio's Randy Beamer about surgery as a means to control or even eliminate type 2 diabetes. Not a guaranteed 'cure', weight loss surgery has been shown to have a positive impact on patients with diabetes. Generally speaking, a body mass index of more than 35 with diabetes will qualify the patient for one of three effective weight loss surgeries - gastric bypass, gastric band, and sleeve gastrectomy.
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11 Febuary 2014, San Antonio, TX — Chew on this — Lifetime effect of food battles: A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics shone a bright light on food-related parenting strategies that can mess with a child's relationship with food. Playing 'Food Police' with your children can backfire. Even parents with the best of intentions can mess up their kids' eating habits, according to Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, medical director of UT Weight Loss and the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Weight Loss Institute at Westover Hills. "My average patient is about 45 years old, and they're from the generation that was told to clean their plate because there were starving kids in Africa," said Peterson, who is also a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center's medical school. "Then they'd be told they couldn't have dessert unless they finished their food. So in order to eat more of what they wanted, they had to eat more." No wonder so many of these kids grew up to be overweight adults. This is an interesting article and well worth your time to read, whether you are a well-intentioned parent or one of the overweight generation from the Clean Your Plate era. Read article by Richard A. Marini in the Express-News

 


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08 January 2014, San Antonio, TX — For some, surgery may be key to healthy weight loss: Losing weight is a frequent New Year's resolution, but if you are obese, losing weight may not be as simple as just eating less and exercising more. There are many complex factors that can make it hard for persons with obesity to lose weight, says Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS. Dr. Peterson directs the UT Medicine San Antonio Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and the CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills, a collaboration between UT Medicine and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa. The institute, which opened in 2011, recently reached the milestone of helping 201 patients lose more than 10,000 pounds. Read HSC News article | Vist CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute - Westover Hills

 


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02 January 2014, San Antonio, TX — Richard M. Peterson, MD, Medical Director, Christus Weight Loss Institute at Westover Hills, interviewed by News 4 WOAI San Antonio in early January 2014: Since opening the clinic in 2011, Dr. Peterson has treated more than 200 patients, and their combined weight loss has exeeded over 10,000 pounds! In the interview, he also discusses his clinic's process for interested patients to learn more about bariatric surgery and ways in which how surgery might be a patient's answer to other health problems including diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, etc. The Christus Weight Loss Institute offers free seminars to learn more – please call 438-8446 or visit whyweightsa.org to learn more! View story on 4 News San Antonio website

 


02 January 2014, San Antonio, TX — Congratulations to Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS, Chief, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and Director, UT Weight Loss at Westover Hills, who was recently elected as the president of the Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery (TABS), the state chapter of the Association of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Learn more about the Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery

 


19 June 2013, San Antonio, TX — American Medical Association — Obesity now recognized as disease: Dr. Peterson speaks with KSAT-12 regarding the recent American Medical Association (AMA) announcement that obesity will now be categorized as a disease, rather than a condition. According to Dr. Peterson, obesity is a multi-factorial disease, and this announcement by the AMA will enable them to more easily treat their obese patients, and patients will receive more funding from their health insurance providers. This decision opens the doors for patients to seek help and treatment from dietitians, personal trainers, and other health professionals not previously covered under health policies. View KSAT story

 


13 June 2013, San Antonio, TX — Fat on the inside even worse than fat on the outside: In an interview on WOAI Radio, Dr. Peterson discusses the difference between fat on the outside and fat on the inside of your body. "Though outside fat is unattractive, it's even uglier inside," Dr. Peterson says, and he knows — he regularly sees how excess fat curls around vital organs and getting in the way of their functioning. Read more: WOAI Radio story

 


23 April 2013, San Antonio, TX — Don't force your kids to 'Clean their plate': Doctors today are warning parents: don't force kids to clean their plate. In an interview on WOAI Radio, UT Health Science Center's bariatrics surgeon Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, says that old adage doesn't apply in an obese society. "You either waste it putting it in a trashcan or you waste it putting it on your waist. If you are putting those calories into your body and aren't expending them, then you are going to gain weight," says Dr. Peterson. Additionally, kids will learn to ignore signals from the stomach to stop eating. Kids today can avoid weight problems if they quit eating when the stomach sends the "I'm full" signal. Read more: WOAI Radio story

 


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05 December 2012, San Antonio, TX — Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, interviewed on 'Movers & Shakers' on KLUP: Dr. Peterson, Director of UT Weight Loss and Chief, UT Medicine Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and Medical Director of CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute - Westover Hills, was interviewed December 1, 2012, on San Antonio's KLUP News Talk radio for the Movers and Shakers broadcast.

 


12 July 2012, San Antonio, TX — Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, Director of UT Weight Loss and Chief, UT Medicine Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, discusses obesity "vaccine" – KENS5 interview: A new experimental vaccine targets a hormone known to slow metabolism and cause weight gain. When tested on obese mice, studies showed they lost about 10 percent of their weight in just four days. "Right now, the most durable treatment for obesity is a surgical approach," said Dr. Peterson. "If we were able to get something like that to work, this obesity epidemic that we see in the United States and the world frankly would be abated." Peterson said obesity has become an epidemic in the United States, and many people just want that one quick option to help them obtain a slimmer physique. View KENS5 interview


29 June 2012, San Antonio, TX — Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, Director of UT Weight Loss and Chief, UT Medicine Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, discusses increased risk of alcoholism following gastric bypass surgery – KENS5 interview: According to Dr. Peterson and other experts on the subject, the surgical procedure changes the way the body metabolizes and digests alcohol, and can lead to an increased risk of alcoholism. Another issue involved is the possibility that the patient's food addiction can transfer itself to an alcohol addiction after surgery. These possible problems, and others, are discussed in detail with the patient prior to undergoing surgery. View KENS5 interview | View video of Dr. Peterson's interview


15 May 2012, San Antonio, TX — Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, podcast on KGNB radio, New Braunfels: If you are considering weight loss surgery, please take a few minutes to listen to Dr. Peterson's recent interview podcast from KGNB radio in New Braunfels. Highly informative and interesting, the podcast answers many of the general questions you might have about bariatric surgery — does insurance cover this? what is the recovery time involved? how do you get started on the approval process? when is the free information seminar? Listen to KGNB podcast | Free information seminars


09 May 2012, San Antonio, TX — UT Weight Loss now offering free information seminars in New Braunfels. Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, Director of UT Weight Loss and the UT Medicine Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, is pleased to announce that they will be offering free information seminars on upcoming Saturdays at the New Braunfels McKenna Events Center. If you're considering weight loss surgery, please give them a call at 210-438-8446 and register for one of the upcoming info seminars. Please click here for a complete list of dates, times, and locations for free information seminars.


14 February 2012, San Antonio, TX — Congratulations to Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, Director, UT Medicine Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, whose research manuscript, 'Management options for symptomatic stenosis after laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy in the morbidly obese', has been published in the November 2011 epublication issue of Surgical Endoscopy.


07 February 2012, San Antonio, TX — Congratulations to Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, Director, UT Medicine Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, whose research manuscript, 'Quality of life after sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding', has been published in the January 2012 issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.


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06 December 2011, San Antonio, TX — Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS, on Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, interviewed for November 2011 San Antonio Magazine: "The obesity problem in Texas falls into the highest category of obesity as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," says Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, Director of the UT Medicine Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and Chief, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, UT School of Medicine San Antonio. "One in three people in Texas are obese." Peterson says that most patients who are seeking surgery have tried traditional weight loss solutions. "We have talked to patients who have had the surgery, and they say, 'My one regret is that I wish I did it sooner.'"     Read San Antonio Magazine article | CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills


08 November 2011, San Antonio, TX — Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS, on KENS-5 Great Day SA: Lose weight the right way ... Today! — Dr. Peterson, Director of the UT Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Chief of the UTHSCSA Division of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, and Medical Director of the CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute - Westover Hills, discusses procedures and who is a good candidate for these procedures, as well as the keys to success - exercise, eating right, and going to the support group meetings. View video | CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills


27 October 2011, San Antonio, TX — Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS, on KENS-5 Great Day SA: A failed diet doesn't mean a failed you — Dr. Peterson, Director of the UT Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Chief of the Division of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, and Medical Director of the CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute - Westover Hills, discusses surgical weight loss options as a solution to the patient's unsuccessful battle with obesity. View video | CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills


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16 August 2011, San Antonio, TX — Richard M. Peterson, MD, Director of UT Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, and Medical Director, CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills: Dr. Peterson is co-author of a study on bioabsorbable tissue reinforcement in laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies, published in Obesity Surgery.

Read article: Integrated Bioabsorbable Tissue Reinforcement in Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy | CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills

 


06 July 2011, San Antonio, TX — Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS, and UT Weight Loss announce 1st Support Group meeting:    Dr. Peterson will be hosting the inaugural meeting of the UT Medicine Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute Support Group. The meeting is open to everyone – pre-op, post-op, family and friends, and those who are still investigating the possibilities of weight loss surgery. Please join us! July 6, 2011, 6:30 pm, CHRISTUS Westover Hills Hospital, Conference Room A&B.
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24 May 2011, San Antonio, TX — Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS, interview on San Antonio's KSAT-12 — 'Weight Loss Pod':    Dr. Peterson, Director of the UT Center for Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery, agrees that there are benefits to the new sauna weight loss spa therapy, which uses heat and LED lighting to accomplish weight loss — but the weight loss is more than likely just water weight. "I don't know that there's any data to support right now the claims that this is going to help sustained weight loss for any length of time." According to Dr. Peterson, a balanced diet and exercise are the mainstays for long-term weight loss results, and he strongly recommends talking to your doctor before using any kind of sauna weight loss therapy.
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