Tessa Craig awarded National Board Certification

Tessa Craig awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC)Tessa Craig, MS, LMFT, LPC, LCDC, 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 credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC) on June 22, 2014.

Tessa received a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Cameron University at Lawton, in Oklahoma. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). She is currently working for the Department of Defense 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, ├Čthe 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

Stephen Phillips New Director for AABC

The American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC) (www.aabc-certification.org) has appointed Stephen Phillips, MA, CBC, as the Director of Public Policy and Legislation.

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Stephen Phillips appointed Director of Public Policy and Legislation

The pandemic of obesity and the need for specialized Bariatric Science Professionals led to the development of AABC that now has a national and international fellowship. In 2013, the American Medical Association House of Delegates voted and classified obesity as “a disease state with multiple pathophysiological aspects requiring a range of interventions”.

Board Certified Bariatric Professionals are already licensed/certified health and education professionals. They include medical doctors, educators, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists and other disciplines that engage in research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of obesities and related disorders.

Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors affirms that its Continue reading

Obesity A Disease Whose Time Has Come

Obesity: A Disease Whose Time Has Come
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Bariatric Science: A Science Whose Time Has come

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Obesity is the pandemic of the 21st century. Nonetheless, this most “visible of medical conditions” remains invisible to most third party payers. Insurance companies underwrite and spend billions on treating co-morbid diseases of obesity (diabetes, hypertension, CVD etc) and ignore what is most often the root of these diseases- obesity. Why?

Hippocrates: The Father of the Obesity Stigma

There is no medical condition that is more burdened with long standing discrimination then that of obesity. Beginning with the Hippocrates nostrum that weight can be controlled by deciding to eat less and exercise more, stigmatized “fat people” have been held Continue reading

Jane Romm Certified Bariatric Counselor

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Jane Romm explains the great value and personal enrichment of becoming a Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC) through the Online Certification Program at the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). For more information, call (866) 284-3682 or visit http://aabc-certification.org

Why Gov. Christie Has Chosen Bariatric Surgery

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(A fictional exchange of letters with President Taft)

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Dear President Taft,

I am writing to you because I am certain that you are the one president that will completely understand and be empathetic with my political plight. We are both Republicans from different centuries without many political commonalities. What we do share in common is our weight and Continue reading