I specialize in the fields of two chronic diseases: obesity and diabetes. In each of these areas, stigma is a huge concern. There are dangerous and inaccurate stereotypes about people with obesity or diabetes, such as people being lazy, uninterested in their healthcare, or deserving of their disease because they brought it upon themselves. The truth is that genetic factors play a significant role in these diseases. Most people will need a lifetime of many types of therapies to manage their obesity or diabetes. With this in mind, we need to be thoughtful about the words we use whether talking about ourselves, our family members, our friends, or our patients with obesity & diabetes. I blogged about this for Cecelia Health. Choose your words wisely!
I've been a bit too busy this year to contribute to my blog; however, I did write a post on metabolic surgery as a treatment for type 2 diabetes for Fit4D. I'm incredibly passionate about this topic as it combines my fields of obesity and diabetes management. Unfortunately, despite the number of people who greatly benefit from it, metabolic surgery remains an underused treatment. Through education and advocacy, I'm hoping we can change this trend. Visit the Fit4D blog to read the post.
If you read my bio, you already know that I started planning to become a dietitian at age 16. But long before that (as in age 5 thanks to a wonderful 1st grade teacher), I thought I’d become a writer. As it turns out, it’s not too hard to combine the two. I’ve written articles for the public and articles for research journals, lots of newsletter articles for patients, and occasional guest blog posts for the hospital. However, this will be my first independent adventure into the blogosphere.
So what am I going to blog about? Well, I enjoy breaking down research studies to help people understand the takeaways. There are some crazy headlines in the media and it’s important to understand what really happened in the study and whether the research was interpreted correctly. I plan to use this blog to spotlight interesting research in the bariatric world to see what we can learn from it.
I also want to pull from everyday experiences to provide tips for healthy and happy lives before and after bariatric surgery. For example, I might be taking a yoga class or attending a conference or reading the church bulletin and I hear or read something that connects to a person’s bariatric surgery journey. I often share these thoughts with my patients and I hope to reach many more people with this blog.
Hope you enjoy!