Lasting Change – Plastics after Bariatric Surgery – Part 2

Rewind Part 1 of this blog series opened the topic of addressing the needs of bariatric surgery patients and others who have lost significant amounts of weight. Removing the excess skin remains a sparsely researched and rarely discussed topic but fortunately, things are starting to change. (Yeah!) For ease...



Convention Scholarship Program

The Obesity Action Coalition’s decision to take on the Your Weight Matters Convention to give our members an in-person, top-notch education experience is one of the greatest endeavors I have ever had the pleasure of being involved. It was a few days into my tenure on the National Board...



Mark Your Calendars!

I know many of you have seen the Your Weight Matters 2014 logo teasers on social media this week as we’ve unveiled a small piece of the convention theme and logo each day. Some of you may have already figured it out! Without further ado, I present to you...



The Bariatric Surgery Journey: Long Term Issues

Issues-everyone has them! In our life’s journey, there are always issues. Actually, I prefer the word “challenges.” That is life, if you are growing and changing. What matters is how we respond to the challenges in which we are presented. It’s important to recognize that there is no personal...



The Bariatric Surgery Journey: Successful Weight-loss after Surgery

Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery is a complex journey to improved health that varies from person-to-person. I spoke previously about “Changing Your Mind” and I believe that is a process too. I do better with that some days than others. However, it warrants working on daily so that the rest of...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: Advice from the Pro’s

So far we’ve discussed some of the bad situations bariatric post-ops have had in emergency rooms and we’ve gone over some simple things patients can do to help convey what they need during an emergency. For this last post, I thought I’d share some of the advice I got...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: Taking Control of Your Care

In my last blog post, I went over some pretty scary experiences that bariatric post-ops have had when they’ve sought treatment at emergency rooms or urgent care centers. It might surprise you to know that there are some very easy ways bariatric patients can think ahead to help ensure...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

I know the title of this blog post sounds alarmist, but a few months ago my friend Pam told me a disturbing story. Pam is six years post-op gastric bypass. Her mother and sister have also had bariatric surgery. A few months ago, Pam’s mother brought her sister to...



Part 2 – “Reality…Plan B to the rescue”

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit that “Just Do It” doesn’t always work for me either. Should it? Why doesn’t it? Why is the sky blue? If I knew the answer to any of these I’d probably be sitting on a 60’ yacht out in the Caribbean sipping...



Weight Bias – It’s NOT Trendy

As editor of Your Weight Matters Magazine, I receive dozens of pitches on a daily basis for possible article topics. Earlier this week, I received a pitch with “Why is being a FAT head the trend of 2014?” as the subject line of the email. The gist of the...



Page 1 of 3:


© 2014 Obesity Action Coalition 4511 North Himes Avenue • Suite 250 • Tampa, Florida 33614 • (800) 717-3117