Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery Accredited by Health on the Net Foundation

November 26, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery is now officially certified by the non-profit Health on the Net Foundation.

The HON Foundation helps consumers and healthcare professionals identify websites that provide useful and reliable health information. The Foundation was established in 1995, following a conference on use of the Internet in health care and unanimous approval of the accreditation concept. It now boasts approximately 6,800 accredited health sites worldwide and is the oldest and most used ethical and trustworthy code for medical and health related information available on the Internet.

"We are thrilled to be approved for HONcode certification and to be able to display the HON logo on our site," says Editor Denise Mann. "Now consumers can be assured that the information we provide on weight loss surgery is both credible and accurate."

Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery received accreditation for observing the HON's Code of Conduct for responsible health reporting. This includes citing credible outside references where appropriate, deferring to a medical professional or doctor as the final authority, honoring confidentiality of data submitted by visitors, and identifying advertising and sponsored information as such.

"Given the critical nature of health information and the unregulated environment of the Internet, web surfers need all the help they can get to make sure the sites they visit have been checked by an independent authority," stated Foundation Executive Director Celia Boyer in a news release.

Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery provides detailed information about weight loss (bariatric) surgery, including information on candidacy, risks, recovery and cost. The site is published by Ceatus Media Group LLC, established in 2004 to develop consumer health web portals and surgeon directories.

Popular topics include:

- Bariatric surgery for teens
- Panniculectomy
- Obesity
- Choosing a bariatric surgeon

Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery is a registered trademark of Ceatus Media Group LLC.