Obesityhelp Journeys to Lexington National Convention to Support Pre and Post-Operative Weight Loss Surgery Patients

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ObesityHelp.com will be in Lexington, KY October 27-28, 2006 for the ObesityHelp Inc. Making the Journey Together tour, which provides support throughout the United States for pre and post operative weight loss surgery patients.

It is no wonder that Reba Carter will proudly be attending the ObesityHelp ™ National Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, October 27-28, 2006 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 369 W. Vine Street, since after all it is ObesityHelp that she credits for giving her the resources and support she needed to help her make the decision to undergo weight loss surgery —- a decision she credits with changing her life forever.

Weighing 369 pounds and suffering from high blood pressure, bone spurs and two knees that were giving out, Reba Carter did not have the energy to walk to her mailbox a mere 200 feet from her front door. She thought long and hard about undergoing weight loss surgery before deciding it was what she needed to live a healthier life. She had the support of family and friends behind her, but they did not truly understand what it meant to be a post-op bariatric surgery patient. So on the advice of her dietitian, Reba turned to ObesityHelp.com for the support and guidance she was looking for and found love and assurance from a group of strangers that were quickly becoming her friends.

It is stories such as Reba's that encourage the ObesityHelp™ Inc. Support and Outreach Team to continue traveling throughout the United States meeting ObesityHelp.com website members in person, as well as reaching out to all those suffering from obesity. The "Making the Journey Together 2006" tour is dedicated to offering support and information about the treatment options for those who are, or have been, 100 pounds or more overweight. The cost is $100 per person for a two-day pass to pre-register or $60 Friday and $55 Saturday at the door.

The event provides the opportunity to listen to motivational speakers, bariatric surgeons, leading medical experts, professionals and, of course, members like Reba. ObesityHelp™ encourages all those who are fighting the battle of obesity, and who are considering weight loss surgery, to attend this event as their ultimate resource for education and support for weight loss surgery.

The Irvine, California based corporation serves the morbidly obese community with an expansive website that offers free membership (http://www.obesityhelp.com) and a $25 subscription to the bi-monthly OH Magazine (http://www.oh-magazine.com). Members have access to thousands of before and after photos of those who have undergone gastric bypass surgery and to the online personal journals and Blogs of their peers. There are also various educational and supportive forums, message boards, and chat rooms available for members to browse or to interact on topics such as the types of weight loss surgery, nutrition, exercise, emotional eating. plastic surgery and more.

"The events are opportunities for people to learn about weight loss surgery from the professionals who speak at the events, as well as the members who have already undergone the procedure," explained Dr. Monica Ganz, Director of Events and Support Groups for ObesityHelp.com, who has lost 320 pounds through gastric bypass surgery. "They are not only educational but a lot of fun. The participants also enjoy having face-to-face contact with the members, who they have never met but spend hours chatting online with. We hosted our last event in Rancho Mirage, California and it was a great success."

ObesityHelp.com™ receives approximately two million page hits a day from the nearly ½ million members. "We have the widest and strongest reach into the obese population in the world," commented Ganz. "We have the answers to the bottom line questions asked about obesity."

After meeting and offering support in Lexington, the ObesityHelp™ Journey will continue on to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Regional Conference, November 4, 2006 and the ObesityHelp Cruise to Success November 6-13, 2006 departing from Honolulu.

Founded in 1998, ObesityHelp™ Inc. is committed to the education, empowerment, and support of all individuals affected by obesity, along with all others (friends, employers, physicians, etc.) concerned. ObesityHelp™ Inc. aspires to defeat ignorance, isolation, and discrimination against the clinical disease of obesity.

For more information on "Making the Journey Together 2006" or ObesityHelp ™ Inc. please contact 1-(866) WLS-INFO ext. 373 or visit our website at http://www.obesityhelp.com.

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