Kelly Fernandez RDN, CBC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Kelly Fernandez, RDN, CBC

Kelly Fernandez, RDN, CBC, a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist, practicing in the Space Coast area of Florida, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Fernandez obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Keiser University and completed a specialized internship at Health First, in Melbourne Fla.

Currently she is a practicing clinical dietitian in Melbourne, where she manages acute/subacute, rehabilitation and post-surgical patients. She commented, “My enthusiasm and passion for nutrition came when I was personally diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and realized I needed to make lifestyle changes. This personal experience was my impetus to help others with nutrition and other lifestyle behaviors.”

Realizing how mistreated and misunderstood the obese population is, led to her seeking a fellowship with AABC and becoming a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor. Her scholarship, professional experience and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

Bernadette van der Boom-Bebb BSC, MACP, CCC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Bernadette van-der Boom-Bebb, BSC, MACP, CCC, CBC

Bernadette van-der Boom-Bebb, BSC, MACP, CCC, a mental health professional from British Columbia, Canada, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Bernadette’s professional education and training in biochemistry/microbiology/chemistry led to a two-decade long career in the pharmaceutical industry. Her experience includes preclinical and clinical trial medication research. While working with psychiatrists she was inspired and realized that she wanted to pursue a mental health career. She returned to graduate school and completed a master’s Psychology Program at Yorkville University in Canada and at the same time completed a fellowship with the American Association of Bariatric counselor.

Bernadette’s training and education in both the physical and social sciences have provided her with a unique integrated biopsychosocial treatment approach.Her scholarship, professional experience and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

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For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:
Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org 
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A Waist of Effort

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Ask Dr. Diet American Association of Bariatric CounselorsDear Dr. Diet,

I’ve lost the same 30 pounds…10 times! When I feel strangled by my waistband I go back to my keto diet.

Dear “A Waist Is A Terrible Thing to Mind”,

Veteran dieters are experts at the all-or-nothing, stuff/starve syndrome…one day broccoli, the next day is ice cream. (Perhaps Ben & Jerry should consider a broccoli flavored ice cream.)
It appears that your body has a weight settling point, that’s higher than your mind approves of.  If I can’t convince you to accept your nature…let me offer some suggestions. Continue reading

Dr. Abhinav Mahajan Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Dr. Abhinav Mahajan, DPT, CCI, ITPT, CBC

Dr. Abhinav Mahajan, DPT, CCI, ITPT, a licensed physical therapist based in Modesto, California, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science he was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Dr. Mahajan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy practicing with California Rehabilitation and Doctors Medical Center, both in Modesto. At these centers he also serves as clinical director and instructor for clinical education, site services, for Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, and Speech therapy program student’s placements. He earned his master’s degree from A.T. Still University in Arizona and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northern Michigan University. Continue reading

Dr. Dalia Shawer, First Egyptian Health Professional Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

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Dr. Dalia Shawer, CBC

Dr. Dalia Shawer, CBC

Dr. Dalia Shawer, a pediatrician and licensed clinical nutritionist is the first Egyptian health professional to be awarded Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Dr. Shawer completed her medical training in Pediatrics at Alexandria University in Egypt and her Clinical and Therapeutic Nutrition training from the European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. She also has been Certified as a Lactation Consultant by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants. She specializes in pediatric and adult nutrition and weight management.

Her years of clinical experience in Egypt and Kuwait supports current research that demonstrates that a mother’s nutrition before and during pregnancy can contribute to their baby’s development of obesity. To offer her patients best practices she became a fellow with AABC and completed their specialized training and certification program.

Her scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

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For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:
Email:carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org

Tricia Cooke, MS, CDN, CNS, Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

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Tricia Cooke, MS, CDN, CNS, CBC

Tricia Cooke, a licensed clinical nutritionist-dietitian from Flushing, NY, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science, she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Cooke is an accomplished health professional with more than a decade of clinical experience counseling patients with complex chronic diseases. She has specialty in weight management and in the treatment of patients pre and post bariatric surgery.

Her training and education includes a BS in Nutrition from Queens College and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Institute of Technology. She is a NYS Licensed and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist, in addition she has been Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Commission of Dietetic Registration.

Recognizing that obesities have biological mechanisms, psychological processes and social influences and requires specialized post-graduate training, she became a fellow with AABC and successfully completed their certification program. Her clinical experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment of those suffering from obesity and related disorders.

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For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator: Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org

Nicole Keating BS, CPT, CBC Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

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Nicole Keating, BS, CPT, CBC

Nicole Keating, BS, CPT, CBC, who resides in Arvada, Colorado, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors, (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science, she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Her professional education includes a BS Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has been certified as a Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise as well as the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The American Fitness Professionals & Associates has awarded her certification as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Weight Management Consultant and Pre-Post Natal Exercise Specialist. Continue reading

EPIGENETICS: NATURE VIA NURTURE

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Science has historically been riddled with the nature vs nurture conundrum as it relates to human development. Perhaps this riddle has been solved with the emergence of the field of epigenetics. Epigenetics suggests that it is not nature vs nurture but rather nature via nurture that shapes human development.

Epigenetics recognizes that we all are born with a heritable genetic “blue print” that predisposes our development. Like father, like son; like mother, like daughter.  Developmental conditions like height and weight are more heritable then almost any other human condition studied. However, some of these inherited genes (nature) are malleable by outside influences (nurture) that can shape or reshape these predisposition potentials and affect our development.

Having tall parentage would likely predispose for tallness. But that predisposition potential cannot be realized unless weight baring activity and optimal nutrition (calcium, protein, Vitamin D etc.) is available. Continue reading

Avoidance Syndrome and  Dysregulated Eating Behaviors 

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Bariatric clinicians at The American Association of Bariatric Counselors have identified a frequently undiagnosed shame based dysfunctional psychological disorder that is pervasive amongst many obese patients that can help explain relapses: AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER DSM-5 30

As the diagnosis suggests, the main coping mechanism of those with avoidant personality disorder is avoidance. This chronic disorder is so deeply rooted, that shame riddled obese patients will avoid the pain of confronting anything that conjures up their obesity shame.

Feelings of shame triggers avoidant behaviors; interruption of self-monitoring, scale use, exercise, mindful eating, weight gain and especially not keeping appointments at your office/clinic This can explain how a minor weight gain can become a full blown relapse.

How Avoidant Personality Disorder Leads To Avoidance Syndrome and  Dysregulated Eating Behaviors

The best way we can explain how the Avoidance Syndrome leads to dysregulated eating behaviors and weight gain is by telling by a real story. There are many ways that this story can begin but this is the version that most patients identify with and how the story was told to me by a patient.

 

This completes part three our three part best practices series:

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Part 1: Why Would Somebody Lose All The Weight and Then Gain It Back?

Part 2: Treating the Shame of Weight Gain

Metabolic Obesity vs Hedonic Obesity

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Some years ago Connecticut College undergrad students and a professor of psychology found that “America’s favorite cookie” is just as addictive as cocaine – at least for lab rats. And just like most humans, rats go for the middle first. (See video above)

Their study found that that Oreos caused a higher level of activation than cocaine or morphine in the same brain pathways related to drug addiction. This supports the hypothesis that processed foods like Oreos that synthesize flour, sugar and fat are contributors to the obesity pandemic and comparable to drug addiction. Continue reading

Does Obesity cause Diabetes, or does Diabetes cause Obesity?

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Even those of us in the bariatric science community can become prejudice to the familiar and can and be blinded by the science of public consensus.

Perhaps it is because we often recognize overweight/ obesity prior to a diagnosis of type II diabetes that we leap to a cause and effect relationship and thus conclude that obesity causes diabetes?  Maybe we are wrong. What we know now about Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome is that insulin resistance prevents glucose from entering our cells and results in elevated blood glucose. The elevated glucose is then converted in fatty acids and with the aid of insulin gets stored as fat in adipose tissue, resulting in obesity. Continue reading

Researchers Discover Thin Gene Hormone

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Asprosin hormone: Extreme Thinness Hormone May Prevent Obesity and Diabetes

Asprosin hormone the Thin Gene

The gut and brain have a multitude of very powerful chemical messengers that regulates eating behavior and weight.

In recent years bariatric scientists have been able to finally identify some of the messengers that can start and stop a meal. Being able mediate these messengers may offer the “the silver bullet” cure for diabesity treatment.

Current science thinking is that these gut brain cross-talking chemical messengers may be very different between the thin and thick. Continue reading

American Association of Bariatric Counselors Receives Approval by National Board for Certified Counselors

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Announcement

The American Association of Bariatric Counselors, Providers of Bariatric Education and Certification for Licensed, Registered and Certified Health and Education Professionals Has Become a Continuing Education Approved Provider for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Sheryl Phillips, Director of Academic Standards and Compliance for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors

Sheryl Phillips, Director of Academic Standards and Compliance for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors

Sheryl Phillips, Director of Academic Standards and Compliance for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC), has announced that AABC has successfully met all standards of education, and has become a Continuing Education Approved Provider for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Today, there are more than 60,000 National Certified Counselors in 40 countries. Certified Counselors have met high research based national standards set by the counseling profession. AABC shares the NBCC vision of enhancing society worldwide through quality counseling. Continue reading

American Association of Bariatric Counselors Receives Accreditation

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Stephen Phillips, Director of Public Policy and Legislation

Stephen Phillips, Director of Public Policy and Legislation

Stephen Phillips, Director of Public Policy for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC), has announced that AABC has successfully met all standards of education, and has become a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider for The Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Director Phillips stated that, ìthe Commission’s certification programs are fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence based in Washington, D.C. AABC’s accreditation reflects achievement of the highest standards of professional credentialing. Continue reading

AABC Announces New Year 2020 Scholarship

AABC Announces New Year 2020 Scholarship Endowment Funding Availability

New Year 2020 Scholarship Endowment Funding Availability

The American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC) announced New Year 2020 Scholarship Endowment Funding is now available.

To meet the growing demand for Bariatric Science Trained Health Professionals (Certified Bariatric Counselors and Certified Bariatric Educators), AABC is offering Cycle 2 tuition free scholarship grants to new enrollments between January 1st and February 28, 2020. A $450.00 value. To qualify for a tuition free scholarship candidate must complete Cycle 1 within one year and be in good standing.

The endowment provides scholarship funding for health professionals from both the physical and social sciences. The Board Certification and Credentialing Program is offered online in two cycles. There are two required courses in each cycle. The New Year scholarship award underwrites the tuition for the second cycle of courses.

All online courses are self-paced. These are graduate level courses and each course takes about 30 hours to complete.

AABC is a Continuing Professional Education Accredited Provider for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as well as the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
“There is a growing demand and a serious need for bariatric science trained health professionals, this scholarship gives them an opportunity to enhance their education, advance their careers while helping many patients.”

– Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator, AABC

To apply for scholarship visit: https://www.aabc-certification.org/how-to-become-certified/

For information you may contact the Fellow Coordinator Ms. Moraites at:carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org

Dr. James Hierro Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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James Hierro, a medical doctor, located in New York City, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science he was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Dr Hierro is the founder and CEO of Quisqueya Community Care Center, Inc (QCCC). This community health center in Bronx, NY, has focus on the complex biopsychosocial problems of obesity and provides a variety of workshops and programs for children, teenagers and adults. QCCC Inc., targets demographic groups that have above average diabetes and obesity risks and hosts forums that address public health equity concerns. 

Dr. Hierro earned his medical degree at Nordestana Catholic University, in the Dominican Republic and has recently completed his post–graduate fellowship with the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). 

His scholarship, clinical experience, commitment and dedication to community public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment of those suffering from obesity and related disorders.

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For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:
Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org

Website: www.aabc-certification.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aabcorg

Paula Mercer, LCSW, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

 

 

Paula L Mercer LCSW, CBC

Paula Mercer, LCSW, a Licensed Social Worker, from Lonsdale, Arkansas has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Mercer received her BS in Social Work from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas and her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

As a practicing Social Worker in Central Arkansas for more than 24 years she has worked with a variety of populations including, pediatrics, families, seniors and veterans.

As the demand for bariatric surgery increased in Arkansas she recognized the need for specialized training and education. To provide the populations she serves with the most current techniques and best practices in bariatric counseling she completed a fellowship with the American Association of Bariatric Counselors and has been credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Her scholarship, professional acumen and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS

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For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:
Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org

Website: www.aabc-certification.org
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Happy Thanksgiving 2019


Thanksgiving Weight Gain Fear Mongering

Popular belief is that we gain 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving New Years   

Many studies demonstrate we gain some weight but not as much as we think  

The National Institutes of Health repeatedly weighed 195 volunteers from Thanksgiving thru New Year’s.. The average weight gain was less than one pound

However about 9% of the participants gained an average of 5lb over the same holiday period 

Study Results

The majority of participants were weighed again the following September. 

Researchers found that not only were those holiday pounds not lost, there was an additional average weight gain or 0.45 lb.

Best Practices: What are the takeaways from this research?

1. You will probably gain some weight during the holiday season
2. It will not be as much as you might think
3.The average weight gains were only about 1.5lbs, but they were not reversed.

4. These modest gains accrue of the decades, so this year’s 1.5 gain will be 30 pounds in 20 years.

6. The key is to enjoy family and friends during the holidays and take the rest of year to reverse these small incremental weight gains 

Read: A Prospective Study of Holiday Weight Gain