A New And Important Metric, In Understanding Why Some People Are Thin And Others Thick Despite Similar Caloric Intake.
Researchers from the American Association of Bariatric Counselors have completed an important bariatric science research project that identifies a primary cause of a most prevalent category of obesity.
Lead researcher, Dr Brandon Davis, a psychologist and Board Certified Bariatric Counselor commented, “Our research has identified a new metric that we call the Metabolic Factor, which can be thought of as the missing link in understanding why some folks are thin and others thick despite similar caloric intake. It can also explain why many dieters and bariatric surgery patients relapse and regain weight lost. Obese individuals with a low metabolic factor (hypo-metabolic) lend support to a genetic predisposition to a very prevalent category of obesity. The tools and the methodology we developed to diagnose and quantify an individual’s Metabolic Factor are currently available. This study’s findings indicate that Metabolic Factor seems to be a stable characteristic within a person despite significant weight loss. We expect this discovery to be a game changer in the understanding of obesities and helping patients and bariatric health professionals make informed decisions regarding care and treatment.”
Co-researcher Dr. Joseph Indelicato explained, “For Bariatric Surgeons treating based on an individual’s Metabolic Factor, it is an essential metric for selecting an appropriate surgical procedure for each patient and thereby improving long-term, post-surgical weight loss and surgical procedure efficacy.”
Both researchers agree that perhaps a most important contribution of this discovery is the potential to reduce societal stigma and shame associated with obesities.
Researchers Identify “The Missing Link”.
Best Clinical Practices – Metabolic Factor
Full text of Metabolic Factor study:
Stability of Metabolic Factor Before and After Bariatric Surgery currently available online.