Every chat is preceded by a blog post describing the planned topic and questions.
#obsm July 14, 2019: How to approach weight regain? Let’s chat!
By Nate Sann, FNP-BC
Obesity affects over two thirds of Americans and is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States. It is associated with other
#OBSM June 9, 2019: Is Bariatric Surgery Safe and Effective for Older Patients?
By Walt Medlin, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Four out of 10 Americans over the age of 65 have obesity (Body Mass Index>30). Those over 65 with obesity have
#OBSM May 19, 2019:
Why can’t a person with diabetes and a BMI of 50 have bariatric surgery in Louisiana?
By Rachel L. Moore, MD, FACS, FASMBS, ABOM
The Louisiana State Capitol
#OBSM April 14, 2019: Does Online Connectedness Help or Hurt Weight Management Efforts?
By Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD @PsychoDietitian
As more and more technology becomes available for us to connect with others and monitor
March #OBSM Chat
Far from the “Easy Way Out”: Early Psychological Complications of Bariatric Surgery
By Kasey P.S. Goodpaster, Ph.D.
Research has consistently demonstrated that bariatric surgery is the most durable and
February 2019 blog (by Dr. Neil Floch)
The complications of bariatric surgery: an OBSM discussion
The incidence, perception, and treatment of complications after bariatric surgery are feared but rarely discussed by
January 2019 #obsm chat blog: Disordered Eating
by Alexis Conason
When we think about eating disorders, we tend to think about a specific group of people--typically thin, young, white, cisgendered women. However, research indicates
What are Wearables Able and Not Able To Do For Weight Management?
By Bruce Y. Lee, MD MBA
Wait! Can wearables really help you lose weight? What exactly are wearables able to do?
The wearable market is growing.
October 2018 #obsm chat. Is Weight Regain Inevitable?
Like it or not, the brain and body are wired for survival. This impacts many functions, and one of the most important yet frustrating examples of this involves weight loss
Blog September 2018 #obsm chat: How You Talk To Yourself Matters -- You’re Always Listening!
Our capacity for independent thought is what makes us human. Our thoughts inform our actions, create our conversations and formulate our to-do
August 2018 #obsm chat: How do you choose a bariatric procedure?
About one-third of adults in the United States have obesity. Diet and exercise are frequently suggested to help people lose unwanted or unhealthy weight. However, only ~5% of
July 2018 #obsm chat: Practical Tips to Help You Stay on Track This Summer
The summer is here, which means there are pool parties, barbeques, picnics, social outings, and perhaps even some travel and getaways planned. As much as the
Thursday, May 10, 2018
June 2018 #obsm chat: Achieving and Supporting Positive Body Image after Significant Weight Loss.
The National Eating Disorders Association defines body image as:
Imagine a pharmaceutical commercial touting that a drug improves mood, makes sleep more restful, helps our memory and concentration, decreases our potential of developing dementia, lowers our risk of colon and breast cancer, and makes our bones
When people discuss dietary issues related to overweight and obesity, the concerns tend to be overeating, making less healthy food choices, skipping meals, or taking in too many liquid non-nutritive calories. Underlying disordered eating
The #obsm obesity chat has been going strong for just over a year now, adding new participants with each chat! In honor of that success, we’ve decided to revisit a popular topic this month -- weight bias, stigma, and discrimination -- but with
You’ve lost a lot of weight either through bariatric surgery or another weight-loss method. Now what? Before embarking on a weight loss or bariatric surgery program, most individuals are informed of the lifesaving benefits of the
As we head into the holiday bustle, we want to focus our December #obsm chat on challenges around this time of year. Although the media suggest that people gain 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the data suggest the weight
Obesity Week is an interdisciplinary scientific meeting that happens annually in the fall. This year’s meeting took place October 29th to November 2nd. The meeting covers numerous topics of interest to those with #obesity and those involved in
This month's blog post is written by psychologist, Robyn Osborn Pashby, PhD
Our healthcare system is failing people with obesity. Yet rather than viewing the obesity epidemic as a failure of the system, failed weight loss interventions are
Obesity is a multifactorial disease. While people commonly assume that gaining weight is a simple calculation between calories eaten and calories expended (eat less, exercise more), this is not an accurate reflection of the complexity of obesity.
Support group attendance and perceived levels of social support are associated with greater post-bariatric surgery weight loss.1,2 Unfortunately, geography and time constraints can limit participation. Therefore, online forums, Facebook groups, and
Bariatric surgery often results in numerous health benefits, such as resolution or improvement of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, joint pain, and depression. However, the extreme and rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery may also lead to physical
Diabetes and Bariatric Surgery
When bariatric surgeons first identified weight loss surgery as a cure for type 2 diabetes, many argued the claims were “too good to be true.” We now have evidence from prospective randomized
As a medical anthropologist focused on bariatric surgery, I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to share my story with the #obsm community. My passion for understanding the challenges that adolescents with obesity experience is an extension of
After years of struggling with “yo-yo” dieting, many patients understandably worry about weight gain after weight loss surgery. It is important to remember that obesity is a chronic disease and surgery, while a powerful tool, is not a
In 2017, bias, stigma, and discrimination based on body size are a reality for many people with obesity. One manifestation of obesity bias is fat shaming, which some believe encourages weight loss. The reality is, however, that it can have severe
Obesity is a chronic disease with proven treatments. But insurance and other issues block access to some such therapies, bariatric surgeons say.
Despite the prevalence of obesity in the United States, the optimal approach to treatment remains
Bariatric surgery has been proven to help people lose weight and to alleviate other medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Perhaps more so than any other surgical disease, obesity and weight loss surgery are associated with numerous myths and misconceptions that prevent patients from being referred for and receiving this life changing--and often life saving--surgery.