Let’s talk about obesity

What is Obesity? Though we all use the terms “fat” and “obese” casually in conversation, there is a medical definition of the condition and yes, obesity is considered a health “condition.” “Obesity” specifically refers to an excessive amount of body fat. “Overweight” refers to an excessive amount of body weight that includes muscle, bone, fat,…

A brief history of bariatric surgery

Obesity has been a problem since medieval times, but only in the latter 20 years, it has been recognized as a worldwide epidemic. Treating obesity is challenging and difficult, but surgery has led to an increased success and novel insights on the pathophysiology of obesity. Several surgical techniques have been developed during the last 50…

What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery

Most people are usually curious as what to expect after weight loss surgery. How fast people lose weight after the surgery usually depends on the specific type of weight loss surgery they have had, including how well they follow their doctor’s advice regarding their diet, lifestyle, and exercise guidelines. Another factor is that there are…

Gastric Bypass-How It Works, Pros & Cons and Vitamins

Gastric Bypass – How It Works and Vitamins

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 78.6 million adult Americans are affected by obesity. A person with a BMI of 30 kg/m² or greater is considered obese. Obesity increases one’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer (1).  Weight loss surgery is a treatment…

10 Tips for Success With Bariatric Surgery

Whether you’re researching weight loss surgery, a pre-op, or post-op patient, helpful tips with bariatric surgery are good to have to keep in mind. Even for new or long-term post-ops, I hope these tips will support you as reminders for your journey. 1. Focus on making your meals smaller and eating slower Both the sleeve…

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Life After WLS & Food Funerals

Although this may sound like a weird rite of passage, it isn’t. It happens to just about everyone who is about to have weight loss surgery. There is a lot of hype and fear around giving up certain foods when individuals embark on the journey of bariatric surgery. This can be a very overwhelming time.…