One Common Belief: What to Expect at Your First Appointment with an Obesity Medicine Specialist

Each office will look different. Each treatment plan will be individualized. Each Obesity Medicine Specialist (Bariatrician) will have a unique educational journey that has led them to this medical field. But there is one common belief that unites all Obesity Medicine Specialists: they all apply scientifically studied medical interventions...



Does my doctor understand obesity? The Differences between an Obesity Medicine Specialist and a Primary Care Physician

Obesity is a disease, like diabetes or high blood pressure — a fact that was recognized by the American Medical Association in 2013. Because obesity can be perceived as like many other diseases that you would see a primary care physician for, it seems only natural to ask your...



Don’t Wait: Why You Should See a Doctor About Your Weight

Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to lose weight, or why it is even harder to keep it off, despite all of your best efforts, and hard work? You are not alone. Recently, scientists have discovered that obesity is a chronic, relapsing and very complicated disease....



The Patient’s Perspective on the Effects of Transfer Addiction

As a psychologist who specializes in treating bariatric patients, I’ve worked with many people suffering from post-op addiction issues. Because of the influx of patients I was seeing with cross-addiction, I began to offer a “Bariatric Recovery” group. This group meets on a biweekly basis and offers a mixture...



Message in a Bottle: Beware of Post-Operative Alcohol Use

Alcohol use disorders are a common and especially dangerous form of transfer addiction following gastric bypass surgery. In a web-based survey of more-than 300 bariatric surgery patients, it was found that 83 percent of patients who responded consumed alcohol either occasionally or regularly, and 28 percent of these individuals...



Transfer Addiction Following Bariatric Surgery

Addiction transfer, or cross addiction, after bariatric surgery occurs when individuals trade compulsive eating for other compulsive behaviors. There is also strong evidence of a biological reason for cross addiction. Studies show various forms of transfer addiction in up to 30 percent of patients who have had bariatric surgery....



How You Can Volunteer Your Time in Support of the OAC

This week, we’ve shared with you about why it’s important to volunteer for the causes you care about. In addition, we’ve also shared with you about the various work of our OAC volunteers, and how it’s because of their dedication and hard work that we’ve been able to continue...



National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Ava Zebrick

Today we’re happy to share a volunteer who found inspiration in the advocacy work of the OAC and wanted to turn her passion into purpose by becoming an advocate for change! Ava Zebrick is an OAC member who has been involved with the organization since the 3rd Annual Your...



National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Kathy Mitchell

Today we’re happy to share a volunteer who has continuously spread the word about the mission and work of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), and has shown very clearly that everyone’s voice is powerful! Kathy Mitchell is an OAC member who joined the organization in 2008. She had bariatric...



National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Michelle Vicari

Today we’re happy to share with you about a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in various areas here at the OAC. Michelle Vicari is an OAC National Board of Directors Member who also serves as the OAC’s Your Weight Matters National Convention Committee Chair. Ms. Vicari has...



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