What is Nevada Doing to Prevent Obesity?

The State of Nevada has the ninth lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released in August of 2017. Nevada’s adult obesity rate is currently at 25.8%. This site,, highlights policy actions Nevada has and is taking to prevent and reduce obesity. According to this […]

One-Hour Exercise: Quick, Easy, and Staves Depression

Many of our patients struggle with diseases related to obesity on top of their weight issues, one being depression. Depression comes in many forms and can oftentimes be undetected. Depression is not only serious, but very prevalent amongst patients that suffer from obesity. Depression affects how you feel, the way you think, and the way […]

What are Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. Have you experienced this? Or were startled awake during the night because you couldn’t catch your breath? You may have sleep apnea. […]

Weighing the Costs of Bariatric Surgery

Choosing to undergo weight loss surgery is a huge decision that should be thoroughly researched and given expert opinion. There are mental costs as well as the actual monetary costs that accompany these procedures. We often get the question, “how much does weight loss surgery cost?” Surgery costs depend on how your insurance is contracted […]

Good Bye, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Ciao, Adios

After a 40 year career as a registered dietitian I am retiring. I have spent most of my career working in weight management, and since 2003 specializing in my passion, bariatric nutrition. It has been challenging and rewarding for me. Without a doubt, the best part of my job has always been working with the […]

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a technical term for weight loss surgery. This category of procedures is relatively new, but the reported health benefits have saved many lives worldwide. These benefits include recovery from type I and II diabetes, cardiovascular system improvements, and extended lifetime. Western Bariatric Institute in Reno, Nevada is a dedicated weight-loss unit. We […]

Gastric Bypass Pureed Diet

There are many variables individuals should consider before fully committing to a gastric bypass procedure. This includes physical health, proper candidacy, and pre-op preparations. But what about after surgery? One of the things commonly overlooked is post-op meals. At Western Bariatric Institute, we employ a pureed diet after surgery to get the stomach accustom to […]

Timeless Tuna

When it comes to seafood, tuna is the third most frequently consumed product in the U.S after shrimp and salmon. We eat about 2.2 pounds of tuna a year per person. That’s a lot of fish! Of the tuna eaters, 83 percent eat it at lunch and it most commonly is found in sandwiches. We […]

Thursday Support Group

The WBI and Western Surgical offices are undergoing renovations. This has necessitated a shuffling of staff and office space and the WBI classroom has been convert to office space. As a result we are not able to have support group meetings in our facility. Please attend our meeting on the second Sunday of the month at […]

Recipe of the Month

Curried Apple & Tuna Salad Curry powder is a blend of spices and varies in different countries and regions. Turmeric is common to all curry blends and gives it its yellow color. The curcumin in turmeric is thought to act as an anti-inflammatory agent. The taste of curry with the crunch of the apples and […]