Addressing Bariatric Surgery Controversies – Katie Chapmon, RD

Bariatric Surgery: life-saving or irreversibly damaging?

At least among Dietitian’s, bariatric surgery is pretty controversial.

On the one hand, surgery may be the only means of achieving life-saving weight loss for patients with obesity.

On the other hand, the surgeries often cause life-long problems with digestive function.  This can impact quality of life, and even hormone balance.

My guest this episode is Katie Chapmon, RD.  Katie has extensive experience with bariatric patients.  This experience led to an expertise in the connection between digestion and hormones.  Specifically, Katie often works with people who suffer from both IBS and PCOS.

In addition to her clinical practice, Katie provides practitioner education to clinicians who work with the bariatric surgery population.

Katie Chapmon, MS, RD is an award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Bariatric Nutrition, GI Issues and Hormonal Health and with 10+ years of hands-on clinical experience for leading medical providers. She is the proud recipient of the 2010 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award and 2018 Excellence in Weight Management Practice Award through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She spent the first decade of her career as the lead dietitian for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. For the past several years, she has been working with industry partners and consumers to improve nutrition education within the field, and maintains a virtual private practice. In April 2021, she launched Bariatric Nutrition Pro – to provide healthcare practitioners education to start (or continue!) their bariatric career with the confidence and knowledge to succeed. She currently serves as the Chair of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Integrated Health Clinical Issues Committee, Chapter author of the 3rd Edition of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pocket Guide to Bariatric Surgery. She is a national speaker and enjoys time hiking and cooking in the kitchen.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Katie’s work in bariatrics made her an expert the connections between digestive health and hormone balance
  • How IBS and PCOS are related
  • Why bariatric surgery is controversial
  • Why and when bariatric surgery may be needed
  • Common mistakes before and after bariatric surgery
  • The long-term effects of bariatric surgery

Work with Katie: www.katiechapmon.com

Get practitioner education for working with bariatric patients: www.bariatricnutritionpro.com

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