As a practicing bariatric surgeon for several years, there are a few consistent tools that patients, time and again, attribute to their weight loss success. Bariatric patients are a very diverse group of people?younger, older, professionals and stay-at-home parents. Regardless, the majority will agree that participating in a bariatric support group has played a key role in their weight reduction and maintenance over the years.
I attend support group meetings every month. Our group meets in the Institute for Weight Loss office at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge every fourth Wednesday of the month 6 to 7 p.m. I’ll be honest; it’s one of the high points of my month. Our bariatric nurse navigator Maureen Ali, RN, and nutritionist Kristin Carlino facilitate the group, that often nears 40 attendees, and I’ll often provide some insight as well. This group is comprised of people preparing for weight loss surgery, recent post-ops and those who are six-months, a year, even five years down the line. Keep in mind, you don’t have to say a word at these meeting if you don’t wish to but it offers a great forum to share, ask questions, offer tips or just take it all in.
How can a bariatric support group help you?
- Learn from others how to overcome common obstacles and achieve success
- Garner support from others to motivate you to keep going
- Be reminded you are not alone in this journey
- Discover new ideas for exercising and keeping active
- Get some great “insider” tips from seasoned doctors, nurses and nutritionists
- Meet new people who share a common interest – improved health!
Many people in our group say how much they look forward to just spending an hour focusing solely on their weight loss effort and then leave feeling reinvigorated to keep their momentum going. We welcome you to join us and promise it will be time well spent!
Board certified and fellowship trained laparoscopic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive weight loss and gastrointestinal procedures, Dr. Adeyeri is medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center. The Institute provides individualized medical and surgical solutions and support for individuals seeking weight loss, who have been unable to lose weight through conventional dieting, exercise or weight loss medication. To attend a seminar or make an appointment, call 1-855-TIME-4-ME.
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