The prevalence of morbid obesity has increased dramatically. Inspite of all the efforts made to reduce extreme overweight among adults and children, obesity as well as morbid obesity are now reaching epidemic proportions.
A lot of research has been done and is still going on to show professionals and patients the results of conservative and bariatric procedures.
But what do all this studies tell us? Do we understand the secret language of statistical terms and are we aware when statistics are misused?
Rogier Hörchner is an innovative researcher who has worked on several studies. Most recently, he was involved with a post market study to explore the effects of RYGBP on Hydrocobamin bloodlevels and the use of intramuscular and oral supplementation.
To prevent patients, health organizations and insurance companies from so called misused research, he developed the first nurse led Obesity Clinic in Europe and “collected” a database with more than 5,500 morbid obese patients.
The challenge was to take an independent position in clinical research without the support of funding for research programs or funding from the “slimming industry”. And as we know from now, this approach has been a success and it still is.
With the results from valid and reliable studies it is possible to inform patients about the best suitable bariatric intervention to treat morbid obesity in the long term.