The Light in the Darkness on Your Health Journey

On this, the darkest day of the year, we know one thing for sure—the light will return, bringing brighter, better days.

This makes it one of my favorite days of the year.  I’m grateful for the powerful reminder that no matter how dark it gets, new life is always gestating.

In early November I attended a TED-X conference where each speaker conveyed how the light and darkness of the past inspired him or her to create a new future.


The final speaker, a Hip Hop artist named Xola Malik, rapped about how growing up in the ’hood led him onto a dark path of negativity, misogyny, and substance abuse until a remarkable inner shift illuminated a new way. Now, with profound respect, he honored women for their courage and progress in the fight for full gender equality.

As he looked out into the audience, his gaze deepened.

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5 Steps to Stick to Your Healthy Diet in Someone Else’s Home

Jill was afraid to discuss her new dietary needs with her family for the first time.

Actually…she was terrified.

Jill has struggled with her weight all her life, a fact that her family reminds her of every time she sees them. Her slender sister—a self-appointed weight loss expert—lectures Jill endlessly about what she should be doing to lose weight. Then her mother chimes in, expressing “concern” about her weight, while her dad remains silent. Jill sits there frozen, waiting for it to end.

And when it does, her mother plops a carby treat on Jill’s plate and responds with hurt if she doesn’t eat it.

It’s a mixed message—one that she’s been getting her whole life.

And now…in just a week…she will travel with her sister to Atlanta for Thanksgiving with their parents.

As she thinks about it, her brain whirls with worst-case scenarios. But after all the progress she’s made with healthy eating…and feeling in control…she doesn’t want to stop now!

She asks herself, “What if I fall into bad habits again? What if I start eating carbs and can’t stop? What if I start feeling the way I used to? I don’t want that.”

And neither do you.

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A Big Step Forward for Obesity Awareness

The first ever National Obesity Care Week launches today—November 1st, and continues through November 7th. 

This week-long campaign is designed to raise awareness and advocate for those affected by obesity.  It is the beginning of a much-needed national conversation about a complex health condition that affects over 105 million Americans.

Over 35 collaborating organizations have signed on as supporters.

The National Obesity Care Week Mission:

Ignite a national movement with a united focus to ensure anyone affected by the disease of obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care.


In its inaugural year, the campaign is targeting healthcare professionals.   It advocates for change in the way medical professionals care for those with obesity.

I couldn’t be happier to hear it!

As you know, it is my mission to raise awareness about obesity among medical professionals and across the country.

National Obesity Care Week provides clinicians with effective, science-based, compassion-based tools and resources that will help them actively engage with their patients living with obesity.

You can support it too by spreading the word about the campaign.

If you are a medical professional, you can take the pledge by clicking here »

And you can access professional resources here »

You can follow Obesity Care Week on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

The stigma and obesity bias are harmful to the health and well-being of all those affected.  National Obesity Care Week hopes to change that.

But that’s not all I have to announce…

It was a beautiful day…for the OMA.

On October 2, 2015, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians became the Obesity Medicine Association—the OMA.  As clinical leaders in obesity medicine, our 65 year old organization needed to shed its outdated name and tell the world who we are.

At our fall conference in Washington DC, we stood together and unveiled our new identity.

As you will see in this (very) short video we are:

  • Progressive
  • Professional
  • Collaborative & Accessible
  • Hopeful & Energized

But it wasn’t just a beautiful day for the OMA, it was a beautiful day for those affected by obesity.

Our new name makes it easier for people to find clinicians with specialized knowledge and a respectful approach.

It attracts medical professionals who want clinical education and support.

It makes comprehensive, science-based care more accessible.

It expands OMA’s influence locally, nationally, and across the world.

It opens the door to health and possibility for the millions who are affected by obesity.

3 Tricks for Escaping the Halloween Candy Trap

And 23 Halloween Treat Alternatives

Are you freaking out because Halloween marks the beginning of the weight gain season?

Are you haunted by memories of buying candy for the kids and then eating it well before October 31st

Then returning to the store to replace it…

Only to have the exact same thing happen all over again?

Maybe it’s already happened this year.  Let me reassure you, you aren’t the only one to tell this story.

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The 5 Antidotes to Weight-Related Shame

Developed in collaboration with Cynthia Benge, psychotherapist and shame resiliency trainer.

(Don’t miss the two resources I created for you – The Weight Blueprint, Build Your Support Team – you can get below!)

Have you ever held back or said no to an opportunity, experience, or even a simple joy of life because of your weight?

If so, I’d like to give you the five antidotes to weight-related shame, so you can get your life back on track!


View the full infographic at the end of this post!


If you’ve struggled with weight, you’ve probably felt that tangled mix of emotions that can often come with it—embarassment, fear, inadequacy, failure, shame.

It comes from the people around us. It comes from the media, our doctors, our culture, and sometimes even from within…

It should be easy, right? Eat less, exercise more. We wonder what is wrong with us and think, “Why can’t I be like them?”

Let me reassure you:  It’s not your fault.

It’s time to stop letting yourself or anyone else shame you or define who you are based on your weight. There are 5 key antidotes to weight-related shame and I’m going to share each one with you.

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Upcoming Engagements:
  • American Association of Physicians Assistants National Conference, May 18-22, 2019, Denver, CO
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight, co-presenting with Amy Ingersoll, PA-C
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications, co-presenting with Amy Ingersoll, PA-C
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, June 18-23, Indianapolis, IN
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications
  • Alaska Nurse Practitioner Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, September 19-21
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications
  • Association for Counseling Education & Supervision 2019 Conference,Seattle, WA, October 10-13
    Co-presenting with Katie Christensen, MA, LPCA, NCC
    Recognizing & Reducing Weight Bias in Counselor Education & Supervision
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