Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

by Lizabeth Wesely-Casella Binge eating disorder (B.E.D.) is first and foremost a mental health issue. It is treatable using various therapies and modalities and recently a medication has come to market to add another tool to the toolbox. But make no mistake, even with these options, B.E.D. is not easy...



Weight Bias and its Role in Binge Eating Disorder Experience

by Lizabeth Wesely-Casella One of the cultural intersections people with obesity have with many in the binge eating disorder (BED) community is the painful, often traumatic, experience of people acting on weight bias. For those in large bodies, comments, jokes, exclusion, discrimination, humiliation, and even violence are not unusual occurrences...



What is Binge Eating Disorder?

by Lizabeth Wesely-Casella Size Diversity within BED Population Binge eating disorder (BED) is a mental health issue that affects, at a minimum, 9 million Americans though that number is expected to rise significantly as people who have been un-diagnosed, or misdiagnosed, get the proper treatment they require. BED effects men...



Family and Weight-loss

Battling the disease of obesity is often a difficult task. Often times, individuals find themselves not only battling their own issues with weight, but also trying to contend with advice from loved ones. In this blog entry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Domenica Rubino, MD, on the topic...



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...



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