WLSChannel Newsletter August 21, 2009

The Psychology of Weight Loss Surgery: An Interview with Dr. Stephen Ritz


In this special report from the annual ASMBS meeting, Dr. Stephen Ritz explains what patients can expect from the psychological evaluation prior to weight loss surgery. Dr. Ritz believes every patient should undergo a psychological evaluation prior to their procedure, and “understand exactly what weight loss surgery has in store for them.” He also discusses the psychological impact of bariatric surgery, and how to navigate this new terrain. Click the image above to watch the interview.

Health Update
Cities, Organizations Take Up Arms Against Obesity

In the August 21, 2009 edition of WLS News, find out if social stress makes you gain weight, take a look at a new alliance in the fight against childhood obesity, and discover whether weight loss surgery is really safe. You’ll also hear about a program to certify doctors in weight management. Plus “bariatric girl” Yvonne McCarthy highlights a great WLS blog in her weekly report on the World Wide Web. Catch the current episode right here!

Social Networking
Meet New Friends in the WLS Community!

WLS Channel on FacebookIf you haven’t already connected with the Weight Loss Surgery Channel on Facebook, you’re missing out on the action! Not only can you get special updates on breaking news and upcoming events, but you can also be a part of our Meet-Up Group, and get to know other WLS pre- and post-op patients in your area. Click here to friend us on Facebook now!

If you’re at least three years post-op and have an important message to share about your weight loss surgery journey, we want to hear from you! We are looking for WLS Success Stories to feature both on the Weight Loss Surgery Channel website and in upcoming shows.

Stories should be 500 words or more, with plenty of before and after pics. Links to YouTube videos are great, too. This is not the place to promote a product or service, but simply to provide encouragement to your fellow travelers on the WLS highway.

Interested? Click here to submit your story, and help pay it forward.


Craig Thompson
12 Years PostOp RNY
Weight Loss Surgery Channel

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