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08 Dec, 2018

What are Wearables Able and Not Able To Do For Weight Management?

What are Wearables Able and Not Able To Do For Weight Management?   By Bruce Y. Lee, MD MBA Twitter: @bruce_y_lee Wait! Can wearables really help you lose weight? What exactly are wearables able to do? The wearable market is growing.

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13 Oct, 2018

October 2018 #obsm chat. Is Weight Regain Inevitable?

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

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03 Sep, 2018

September 2018 #obsm chat: How You Talk To Yourself Matters -- You’re Always Listening!

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

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04 Aug, 2018

August 2018 #obsm chat: How do you choose a bariatric procedure?

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

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30 Jun, 2018

July 2018 #obsm chat: Practical Tips to Help You Stay on Track This Summer

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

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10 May, 2018

June 2018 #obsm chat: Achieving and Supporting Positive Body Image after Significant Weight Loss

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:   How you

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30 Mar, 2018

April 2018 #obsm chat: Viewing Physical Activity Through the Lens of Obesity

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

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07 Mar, 2018

March 2018 #obsm Chat: Disordered Eating

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

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08 Feb, 2018

Weight bias, stigma, and discrimination - barriers to access to care?

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

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10 Jan, 2018

January 2018 #obsm chat: Dealing with the Aftermath of Successful Weight Loss

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

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08 Dec, 2017

December #obsm chat: Staying healthy over the holidays

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

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09 Nov, 2017

#obsm chat November 2017: Highlights from Obesity Week 2017

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

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26 Sep, 2017

The Psychology of Obesity: Working together to eliminate shame and stigma

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

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06 Sep, 2017

#obsm: Lifestyle Changes Around Obesity: What Are They and How to Make Them Stick

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.

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18 Aug, 2017

Peer-to-Peer: The role of online support for patients with 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

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07 Jul, 2017

#PlasticSurgery after #BariatricSurgery: Meeting Patients' Needs

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

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06 Jun, 2017

#obsm: Diabetes and Bariatric Surgery

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

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09 May, 2017

Adolescent #BariatricSurgery: What is known? What are the pros/cons?

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

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06 Apr, 2017

OBSM Tweetchat: Understanding Post Weight Loss Surgery Weight Regain

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

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07 Mar, 2017

#HealthEquity: Working Together to Overcome Obesity Bias, Stigma, and Discrimination

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

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09 Feb, 2017

Opinion: Lack of Access to Obesity

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

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07 Jan, 2017

#BariatricSurgery: The changes you can't see

Bariatric surgery has been proven to help people lose weight and to alleviate other medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

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02 Dec, 2016

#obsm Obesity Social Media Chat: Join the conversation

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.

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