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Bariatric Surgery

Becoming a Brand New Man and a Best-Selling Author

Don McNay | Posted 03.18.2017 | Home
Don McNay

My goal was to write the best book ever written by someone considering weight loss surgery. That's a subjective goal, but I gave it everything I had and was not going to turn it over to the public until there was nothing I could do to make it better.

The Economics of Obesity & Bariatric Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 03.11.2017 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket." -Eric Hoffer "Lesson number one: Don't underes...

Who Will Be the Best President for Fat People?

Don McNay | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Don McNay

With the presidential elections in full swing, it would be a good idea to find out where the presidential candidates stand on full access to weight loss surgery. I've been searching to find that answer.

Brand New Man Reality Show: 3 Days After Weight Loss Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 02.04.2017 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

Things have gone incredibly well. Beyond my wildest dreams. It's hard to believe I had major surgery three days ago.

Taking the Oath Against Fat Shaming

Don McNay | Posted 01.23.2017 | Impact
Don McNay

Discriminating against people because of their weight is not limited to famous people in music videos. It's hard on everyday people who have had a lifetime of conditioning to not speak out and endured subtle and not so subtle insults.

Why I Never Recommend Weight Loss Surgery to My Clients

Naomi Teeter | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Naomi Teeter

There's no shame in having weight loss surgery if you deeply feel it's the right choice for you. None of us ought to feel ashamed of our personal choi...

Plus-Size Model Wins Beauty Pageant That Celebrates Curves

Janice Celeste | Posted 10.21.2016 | Women
Janice Celeste

"Don't wait to lose weight or until your life is just perfect to make changes. Pursue your dreams right now."

Failure Lab: Weight Loss Surgery Was Never the Plan

Akela Stanfield | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Akela Stanfield

I will still fight being an emotional eater. I will still meditate to avoid binges. I will still have to talk about my weight. And I will likely have moments of failure. But that's OK. I'm committed to the process and have finally accepted that I am a life-long weight watcher.

Can a Drug or Surgery Solve Your Weight Problem?

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

To solve your weight problem, you need to make a permanent change in your behavior, made possible with behavioral therapy. Success comes with learning how to eat what you like in ways that keep you at your desired weight and it becoming habitual and a new "normal" for you.

Anna Almendrala

These Photos Show The Problem With Excess Skin After Extreme Weight Loss

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living

By the time Tatiana Bobbitt lost 190 pounds, she knew she had a problem. It had been 21 months since her successful bariatric surgery, and while she h...

Prayers, Facebook and Weight Loss

Don McNay | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

Until recently, my attitude toward prayer had been guided by President Harry S. Truman who said that "people who pray the loudest are the ones you lock your hen house from." Praying out loud was something I never did. Until Facebook came along.

Picking Experts and the Quest for Great Weight Loss Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Don McNay

The best way to have a successful weight loss surgery is to treat it like a business project. I have definite goals, measurements, objectives, benchmarks, time frames and a vision on where I want to be within a year.

These Newlyweds Don't Look Like This Anymore

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.19.2014 | Weddings

When Crysta Danaher and Bill Anderson first met, they were in a multi-purpose room at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in Wyandotte, Michigan at a suppor...

Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 01.01.2015 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Severe Obesity? Let 'Em Eat Kale!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We need to reorient our cultural attitude about obesity so it is not an excuse to argue the respective merits of personal responsibility and public policy. Rather, if we are to fix it at its origins, we need to acknowledge that people who are empowered are most capable, and most inclined, to exercise responsibility.

Gills, Pills and Obesity Genes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Human beings don't have gills, and there are genes to blame. But the right response looks like swimming lessons, and lifeguards, and fences around pools -- not studying genes while pushing kids into the surf. Not a new pill to fix an age-old part of who we are that was never really broken.

Obesity and Oblivion -- Or -- What I've Learned Under General Anesthesia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I consider it a societal travesty that hyperendemic obesity and the metabolic mayhem that often follows in its wake are treated ever more frequently, in ever younger people, under general anesthesia. Our answer to obesity is, it seems, oblivion.

Our Severely-Obese Daughters and Sons: Of Pennies, Pounds and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Obesity is a cultural problem and requires a cultural solution we have the knowledge and means to administer. That we fail to apply those means bespeaks our ambivalence at best, our profit-driven hypocrisies at worst.

Obesity as Disease: Why I Vote No

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind: "You complete me!"

All for One

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One after another of these young people talked about finding not just a community of understanding at Mindstream, but a new family. They reported finding confidence they never had, self-esteem they had lost. They found self-respect, and purpose, and passion.

Gastric Band: Adjusting to a New Normal

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Many patients experience a "honeymoon period" following their surgery, during which it seems pretty easy. However, unless there is a fundamental change in the relationship with food, bariatric surgery can feel like a permanent diet that continues to consume their life.

Money, Medicine and Myopia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.

Will Taking Away Your Stomach Stop the Hunger in Your Head?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

There is no surgery, no drug, nor herbal remedies or diets that surrender total control of our eating to the stomach. Surgery to make the stomach look like a banana rather than an apple will be the answer to permanent weight loss only when we understand why we are overeating.

Al Roker's Embarrassing Story Not So Unusual

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By now, you've probably heard about Al Roker's unfortunate bathroom-related incident at -- of all places -- the White House. Perhaps almost as surpris...