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Photography Project Explores The Dark Side of Weight Loss - LOVE!

Yes, this!  Realistic!  


Julia Kozerski is a photographer who explores themes of beauty, body-image, and identity. As you can see in the image above, she makes photographs that are starkly beautiful and brutally honest; pictures that can make the viewer feel painfully uncomfortable. Here, a fleshy woman lies naked on a bed in a gray room, her gaze turned toward letters on the wall. It is daytime. She is alone. The sheets are rumpled. The word is "LOVE." The title of the work is "Hunger." And that is Julia Kozerski, in the photograph. She is her own subject.

In a project titled Half, Kozerski documents the results of dramatic weight loss. The photographs are stunning, in the true sense of the word: Causing or capable of causing emotional shock. We are flooded with media messages and images about losing weight: PSA campaigns, sneaker ads, reality shows, before and after commercials, in which celebs beam with joy in photos proving that they've slimmed down. They're often perfectly toned, in a bikini, grinning ear to ear.

NSFW Photo after the jump -  

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Fitbloggin' 2012 and the balls of other women that I do not have. Thank you!

I spent last weekend at fitbloggin' 2012.  

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Michelle + I at fitbloggin 2012

I have yet to write about the event in full, however I just caught this mini-clip on line of the Zumba group instruction.

I was there in this group - yet you will note that yours truly was not dressed for the occasion and sat out. I may have boogied a bit, but stood on the sidelines and simply photographed.

I stood in AWE of these women -- these two on stage who I do not know until this event -- both of whom are at stages of my prior size who OWN THEIR SHIT.

I was a little more than moved by them.  I might have been a little... sigh.  That's all I got.

Michelle and I watched the entire class a while and both sort of slinked back to the back of the room and became wallflowers.  I asked Michelle, "Where do we go to buy that kind of confidence?"  

I have never had CONFIDENCE of any sort to That Level -- and I have a certain Level Of It (I have, some, more than many people, but not that much?) she even has Some in more ways than I do!  Even the two of us combined that THAT ROOM could not do what these women were doing.  

It was clear that #1 - IT IS NOT ABOUT BODY SHAPE or SIZE AT ALL.  

Confidence is a very different animal, unrelated to your body/shape or a number on a scale.  Weight loss doesn't necessarily change that.  It's inside you.  

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-Skinny Emmie and Mrs. Fat Ass

I applaud Roni and fitbloggin' for making THAT apparent -- because the curvy girls were in force this year.  Rock on.  *RAWR*

PS.  Next year, fitbloggin' 2013 - PORTLAND!

Gastric Bypass Benefits Persist at 6 Years' Follow-Up : Surgery News

Gastric Bypass Benefits Persist at 6 Years' Follow-Up : Surgery News.


Both weight loss and its associated improvements in cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors persisted for 6 years in most of the 418 severely obese adults who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in a prospective study published in the Sept. 19 JAMA.

  • Results from JAMA  Six years after surgery, patients who received RYGB surgery (with 92.6% follow-up) lost 27.7% (95% CI, 26.6%-28.9%) of their initial body weight compared with 0.2% (95% CI, −1.1% to 1.4%) gain in control group 1 and 0% (95% CI, −1.2% to 1.2%) in control group 2. 
  • Weight loss maintenance was superior in patients who received RYGB surgery, with 94% (95% CI, 92%-96%) and 76% (95% CI, 72%-81%) of patients receiving RYGB surgery maintaining at least 20% weight loss 2 and 6 years after surgery, respectively. Diabetes remission rates 6 years after surgery were 62% (95% CI, 49%-75%) in the RYGB surgery group, 8% (95% CI, 0%-16%) in control group 1, and 6% (95% CI, 0%-13%) in control group 2, with remission odds ratios (ORs) of 16.5 (95% CI, 4.7-57.6; P < .001) vs control group 1 and 21.5 (95% CI, 5.4-85.6; P < .001) vs control group 2. The incidence of diabetes throughout the course of the study was reduced after RYGB surgery (2%; 95% CI, 0%-4%; vs 17%; 95% CI, 10%-24%; OR, 0.11; 95% CI, 0.04-0.34 compared with control group 1 and 15%; 95% CI, 9%-21%; OR, 0.21; 95% CI, 0.06-0.67 compared with control group 2; both P < .001). The numbers of participants with bariatric surgery–related hospitalizations were 33 (7.9%), 13 (3.9%), and 6 (2.0%) for the RYGB surgery group and 2 control groups, respectively.


Bariatric Eating Media Tour is a-comin'! Can you feel the anticipation?

I am getting all tingly excited over the upcoming release of Susan Maria Leach's newly revised and updated book:  Before + After!  

"Susan Maria Leach maintains her new weight and devotes her time to motivating others to keep on track and sustain healthy patterns of diet and exercise not just for a short period after surgery but for life. She owns and operates BariatricEating.com and has opened her first nutrition store in Pompano Beach, Florida. Her company is a member of the corporate council of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery."


Check out BariatricEating.com -  its chock-full of helpful... malware?

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Check out the social media

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So. excited.

Thanks BE!  You rock!

YWM Update! Important dates announced!

The latest information on the "Your Weight Matters Inaugural Convention," with the Obesity Action Coalition.

Please watch and share! 

Thank you!

Lady Gaga responds to weight critics nearly nude pics #bodyrevolution2013

The singer’s blog, titled “A Body Revolution 2013,” invites fans to “be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws,’ as society tells us,” by posting their own photos.

“May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous,” Gaga wrote.

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I Have The Regain.

I have a case of the regain.   Oh noes.  I have been clear about it, and I do not hide the fact that I have regained weight and I do not hide from the camera.  Evidence: Facebook. That said, I don't make a big deal about the number I see on the scale, because I do not allow the number to define me.  I am very much over allowing a NUMBER tell me WHO I am and HOW I am going to feel on any given day -- and I rarely weigh myself.  Several months ago, I was started on a new anti-epilepsy medication that often causes weight gain and it did, and my weight slowly crept up to That Place Where I Freak The Eff Out. Since then, it's come back down to a reasonable place to where I can manage it, and I am within ten pounds of my low-normal-average. But here is the weird thing - it's SO VERY OBVIOUS.


One year ago - I hit a low in the summer July/August of 2011. I had life drama and things went awry for a while.  I might have dropped a bit lower - this photo was taken in early September 2011 - 


This past weekend, at 174 lbs. 


 I actually saw a few pounds higher many weeks ago and NO NO NO NO NO this will NOT HAPPEN and put the kabosh on some bad habits - 

"Hey, let's have one two three pieces of toast with gallons of butter on it?!  WHO DOES THAT?!"    

Obviously, Beth does.  "OMG, say it isn't so!"  It is.  It can be.  I am pushing nine years post op, and three or even four pieces of 35 calorie bread breaks down to nada ounces in your pouch -- and really -- is nothing.  So.  Hushyomoufabouteatingtoomuch.


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Because I am smart enough to know better because I refuse to purchase size 14W, mmkay?  

I know better.  I have demons, they appear in the form of buttery carbs, hence they Do Not Belong In My Area.

I am already down several pounds, but, I am still remaining apathetic about it because the pounds do not define me, I DO.

The reason I mention it at all -- the regain -- is that someone else asked me how much I had gained since I saw them last!  I was taken aback a bit, considering I thought I was pretty damn upfront about my size, and I did not realize I had been ... watched so closely.  

I suppose I expect a certain amount of it -- considering that I blog about weight loss surgery, I expect that there is a certain subsection of people waiting for long-termers like me to Fail, Publicly and Like a Trainwreck.  But, I also have complex issues making my long-term-WLS-life more sticky than they might like to read about -- which is why I rarely write about MYSELF AT ALL.

Because it scares people.

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I did not really respond to the well-meaning-regain-question-asker with anything other than, "Well, I am taking a lot of neuro meds."  True.  I am up to a couple thousand milligrams of AEDs a day, and in pre-operative testing for brain surgery.

This person said that she noted that I was noticeably bigger than the last time she saw me, and she assumed from a purely medical standpoint (she meant no harm...) that I simply must be taking medication to cause gain, that it was not something I was doing -- like -- toast eating.  It's the truth, so it really did not bother me since I was already aware, you know?  I live in this body, I know when I can't zip up my OWN PANTS!  

In the big picture -- it's still only ten pounds.  Ten apathetic pounds.  

MM + Eggface Video Product Review - 32 gram whey protein isolate shot live and silly at Fitbloggin 2012

From ANSI -

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It is also designed to help post-bariatic surgery patients obtain adequate protein to help maintain muscle tissue.
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Getting on the big train to fitbloggin' 2012!


...and I cannot wait to go.    I went to fitbloggin' in 2010 for it's first year, missed last year ...

And, thanks to Big Train, I'm able to get there this year!  Woot!  

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See you in ATLANTA!

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Join us in Atlanta, Georgia for the one and only Obesity Help Event of 2012!  

  • Join us in Atlanta, Georgia!  
  • Get a discount on your ticket with coupon code "MM2012ATL"


Friday, October 5th, 2012

Clothing Exchange Drop Off
Savannah Room

9am - 11am
Clothing Exchange 
Open to Public, Savannah Room
Friday Registration
Chattahoochee foyer

Professional Workshop
Understanding the Obese Patient 

4 CEU's available.  Appropriate for psychologists, social workers, addiction professionals, marriage and family therapists and nurses. Details and Registration for this Workshop through Connie Stapleton, Ph.D's website.

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Mixed Q & A Panel, 
Grads & Professionals

  2:00pm - 4:30pm

Dr.  Paul E. Macik 

Performing operations laparoscopically since 1991.  His practice offers Gastric Bypass, LapBand and Sleeve Gastrectomy options.  Also an Instructor for Quarterly In-Service Program of Bariatric Surgery at Emory Dunwoody Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

Jim Blackburn

Jim lost 215 pounds and found a love for running.  With 58,038 Race finishers at an avg time of 01:17:35, Jim finished the 2012 Peachtree Road Race (10k) in 1:07:57, a goal he's worked towards since having Gastric Bypass.

Dr.  Michael Williams 

Dr. Williams principal clinical and research interest include minimally invasive techniques, and the surgical therapy of morbid obesity.  He has been involved in training surgeons in laparocopic techniques in the United States and the Caribbean.  

Beth Sheldon-Badore

Blogger, & Founder of Bariatric Bad Girls. "Melting Mama" as she's known through her blog has been blogging about life since her WLS in 2004.  Her witty, honest approach to life after WLS has inspired and supported thousands.

Dr. Sheldon Lincenberg

Double-board certified, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a board-certified general surgeon.  In 1995, he created and began sponsoring Pink Ribbons, an annual October event during Breast Cancer Month to benefit breast cancer organizations.

 Courtney aka tripmom02

An active OH member for 5 years and a frequent poster on the VSG forum! She's bringing her post-op experience as a Lap Band to VSG Revision. Courtney has lost 170 lbs and is training for her 1st half marathon in October. Her goal is to complete an Iron Man in 2014!

Break for Dinner
with your friends!
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Meet and Greet
Sponsored by NewWhey
Welcome Coffee

7:00pm - 10:00pm

TOPIC: Nothing Succeeds Like Success 
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker 

7:30pm - 8:30pm

TOPIC: Post-Op & a Doc LIVE!
Post Op and a Doc!

A POST-OP (Cari De La Cruz. Bariatric After Life) 
A DOC (Dr. Connie Stapleton, Author, Speaker)

8:45pm - 9:45pm
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Registration & Exhibits
7:30am - 8:15am

Meet the Speakers & Vendors
Bo McCoy

8:15am - 8:30am

TOPIC: WLS and ALCOHOL:Facts and Folly
Connie Stapleton, Ph.D, 
Clinical Psychologist

8:30am - 9:30am

TOPIC: Exercise, Myths and Realities
Jeremy Gentles, Ph.D Candidate 
Exercise Physiologist

9:40am - 10:25am

Professional Q & A Panel

  10:30am - 11:55am

Scott Steinberg, MD

Fellow-ship trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon. A member of the American College of Surgeons and the ASMBS. 

Qammar Rashid, MD

Fellow-ship trained in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.  A large part of her practice is breast and bariatric surgery.    

Dr. Dennis C. Smith  

The 3rd surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic DS and the 1st bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duedenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique. 

Connie Stapleton, Ph.D

Dr. Stapleton is a licensed clinical psychologist, received her doctorol degree from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology.  

Donna DeMild, LPBLC

Post-Op and CEO of BodySmart, LLC. Donna works at NJ Bariatrics and is a licensed bariatric life coach. Her focus is lifestyle change after wls.   

Jeremy Gentles 

A Ph.D Candidate in Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and for a number of years, served as ObesityHelp's Exercise Physiologist. 

Lunch Buffet & Prizes
Premier Nutrition is sponsoring Lunch!

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Exhibit Visits
Get your Swag Bags & talk to vendors!

12:50pm - 1:15pm

Breakout Session #1 Options:

  1:15pm - 1:55pm

Session #1, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: DS Nutrition
Dr. Dennis C. Smith
Bariatric Surgeon

Session #1, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Surgery
Dr. Alejandro Quiroz
Plastic Surgeon 

Breakout Session #2 Options:

  2:05pm - 2:45pm

Session #2, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Hope & Help for the Pain of Regain
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker

Session #2, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC:  Every Thing You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask  Dr. Michael W. Blaney
Bariatric Surgeon

Breakout Session #3 Options:

  2:50pm - 3:30pm

Session #3, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Natural Health 
Dr. Edward Boland
Medical Bariatician


Session #3, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Taming Your Inner Critic: The Connection Between What You Feed Your Head & What You Feed Your Body
Jill Temkin, MAMotivational Speaker  

Breakout Session #4 Options:

  3:40pm - 4:20pm

Session #4, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: No Shame in Revisions 
Charlie Brown

Motivational Speaker

Session #4, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Spending Your Money Safely and Wisely For Body Contouring After Weight Loss 
Dr. Lincenberg, Plastic Surgeon 

Exhibit Visits OR Optional ZUMBA Class
Great vendors that support the wls community

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Dinner Break 
with Your Friends!

6:00pm - 8:00pm 

The Grand Finale:

Member Fashion Show with designer clothing options sponsored by Gwynnie Bee, Clothing without Commitment

Masquerade Partywith a DJ & Free Unlimited Photo Booth Photos from 3:00pm until 10:00pm Sponsored byPremier NutritionAND

Bryson Bmoney Jenkins performs LIVE for you!

8:00pm - 11:30pm

Breakfast for Registered OH Leaders! 
Location TBA within our hotel.

9:00am Sunday
 The following details need to be Emailed To Kim:
  • Hi-Res Before & After Photos
  • Name as you want it to appear
  • Surgeon, Surgery Date & Amount of Weight Lost
This is a great way to try out FREE samples while chatting with Vendors and Professionals about your weight loss, health and nutrition. We encourage you to ask questions and engage with each of the Exhibitors at the event. You'll find a room full ofknowledge and support!  
Interested in Exhibiting?
Email our Event's Department  
Ameriwell Bariatrics Click! Arbonne Skincare
Bariatric Advantage Devrom Avon
Building Blocks  Gastric Bypass Supplements Lisa & Bobby Candles
BJ's Bariatrics Kay's Naturals Mary Kay
Celebrate  Pharmics Passion Parties
New Whey Protica Scentsy
Premier Nutrition   Tupperware
Wellesse     Zumba
Dr. Michael W. Blaney Gwynnie Bee  
Charlie Brown BariWare  
CosMed, Dr. Quiroz with Free Plastic Surgery Consultations Slimpressions  
Donna DeMild, LPBLC    
Dr. Sheldon Lincenberg    
Dr. Paul E. Macik    
Dr. Dennis C. Smith, Wellstar     
Connie Stapleton, PhD    
Scott Steinberg, MD    
Jill Temkin    
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions, registration updates or ticket trasfers?

Contact kim@obesityhelp.com

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Anyone flying into Atlanta airport can pick up a free shuttle to the Atlanta Airport Hilton. Atlanta has a complete transportation system that is very affordable. The event hotel has discounted parking for us, $3 per day with in/out privelages.

What should or shouldn't I bring to the event?

Our event Veterens have answered this one for you on our OH Facebook! We have put the answers into a blog post, more additions are welcome in the comment area.

What is the refund policy?

There is no refund to be made within 30 days of the event commencement, which is October 5th, 2012.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No ID is required.  However, please note that some topics may not be appropriate for children.

  • Join us in Atlanta, Georgia!  
  • Get a discount on your ticket with coupon code "MM2012ATL"
  • See you there!


Jessica Simpson on Weight Watchers Of Course She IS!

Jessica Simpson has been very public about wanting to lose her pregnancy weight now that her baby is out in the world. And in her new Weight Watchers ad, she talks about the pressure to return to her slim, supermodel figure. (One would think the $4 million check she got from the company might alleviate some of that pressure). That the ad completely hides her body—to the point where WWTDD said they "can't tell if it's for a diet or a whitening toothpaste"—is a little weird, but can you blame her? The fat shaming she's getting in the YouTube comments is bad enough as it is.

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I ain't hating, go Jess.  Us people gotta PAY Weight Watchers to gain weight.  ;)


re·lent·less (r-lntls) adj.

  • 1. Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
  • 2. Steady and persistent

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Infertility in obese women may be due to damaged eggs, Brigham study finds

Infertility in obese women may be due to damaged eggs, Brigham study finds

Obesity has long been associated with infertility as well as lower success rates with in vitro fertilization, and now researchers think they understand why: Obese women are more likely to have abnormalities in their eggs that make them impossible to fertilize.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital infertility researchers examined nearly 300 eggs that failed to fertilize during IVF in both severely obese women and those with a normal body weight.
They found that severely obese women were far more likely to have abnormally arranged chromosomes within their eggs compared with women who weren’t overweight, according to the study published Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction.


Are you coming to the Obesity Action Coalition Your Weight Matters National Convention in Dallas, Texas?

Banner-Ad-1Are you coming to the Obesity Action Coalition Your Weight Matters National Convention in Dallas, Texas?

Yes, yes you are?  Did I convince you prior to this blog post, to attend said event?  Did I?  

Please shoot an email to Kristy and let her know that, "Yes, Beth Sheldon-Badore aka Melting Mama.net sent me!"  kkuna@obesityaction.org

Were you considering attendance at the OAC event?

"The OAC is so excited to embark on this endeavor, because this is our chance to let you experience the OAC for yourself and show you what we are about – solid and unbiased education, useful and hands-on tools, and empowerment that goes beyond what you’ve experienced before."

Join us!

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Eggy on the Ricki Lake Show - the emotional struggle after weight loss

Are YOU ready for the premiere of The Ricki Lake Show?

Find out where-to-watch by zip code here-> http://bit.ly/QuD4WB