NEWS | January 23, 2012

Media advisory: UC Davis bariatric surgery patients celebrate weight-loss successes with fashion show

The 9th annual UC Davis Bariatric Fashion Show. Each year, the UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Program spotlights gastric bypass patients as they model fashions for business, leisure and formal occasions. This year's event features 12 men and women, who have lost more than 1,200 pounds combined in the months following their gastric bypass operations. The models will share brief personal stories and photos from their battles with extreme weight and then walk the runway in the latest fashions from local clothing stores.

Friday, Jan. 27, 7 - 9 p.m.

The event takes place at the UC Davis Cancer Center auditorium, 4501 X Street, Sacramento.  A map is online at

Interview opportunities and visuals:
Former bariatric surgery patients will model colorful, distinctive fashions as they take turns walking across the stage and around a room filled with friends and family. Some of the "models" will be available for interviews before and after the event. Also available to explain weight-loss surgery will be surgeon Mohamed Ali, associate professor of surgery and director of the UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Program.

Bariatric surgery is the best current treatment for morbid obesity and encompasses surgical procedures that produce significant and sustained weight loss. The UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Program offers a comprehensive solution for surgical weight loss that is focused on long-term success. The fashion show represents a way to highlight weight-loss accomplishments. Studies have shown that bariatric surgery can provide more than a cosmetic benefit. It can help address major health risks such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has recognized the UC Davis program with a Center of Excellence designation.