"Surviving to Thriving": Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America Debuts Documentary Film

Top Quote The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America presents the debut documentary "Surviving to Thriving," about identical twin sisters Connie and Rosemary and their struggle with morbid obesity. End Quote
  • Oakland, CA (1888PressRelease) October 02, 2010 - Obesity has become an epidemic in our society that is far-reaching. Spanning every age group, ethnicity, and socio-economic groups, obesity is fast-becoming one of the biggest health-related issues our country faces. The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America is the only Nonprofit Organization granting weight loss surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery to people who cannot obtain it on their own. The WLSFA is very excited to announce the debut of the documentary film entitled "Surviving to Thriving," being released on Saturday, October 2, at 7 PM PST, and widely available to the public after its debut on bariatrictv.com and wlsfa.org.

    The film, which was crafted by Michael Towe of BariatricTV, documents an emotional, complex, and powerfully moving story of morbidly obese identical twin sisters Rosemary and Connie. Rosemary was covered by insurance and her life was dramatically changed as a result of her weight loss surgery six years ago. Connie, desperately needing the weight loss surgery to improve her health, has been denied over and over again. The film illustrates the complexity of morbid obesity, the impact on a patient's quality of life, and the struggle to escape it. Additionally, Connie is highlighted as the first-ever Inaugural Recipient of the Weight Loss Surgery Grant awarded by the WLSFA, making it finally possible for her to have weight loss surgery. Well Known Bariatric Surgeon and Author Dr. Garth Davis of the Davis Medical Clinic in Houston Texas will perform Connie's weight loss surgery procedure.

    The WLSFA will also officially announce the upcoming 2011 "Mother of All Meet & Greets" this May 13-15th at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. This conference provides the opportunity for other weight loss surgery patients and candidates to come together and receive information and inspiration for moving from surviving to thriving through weight loss surgery. Bariatric professionals, guest speakers, performances, and vendors will be present through the weekend to help provide the best information and resources for bariatric patients. The meet & greet also provides an environment of peer support and fellowship with other successful weight loss surgery patients - a critical need for the long-term success of any weight-loss program.

    While weight loss surgery is not the answer for everyone, and all surgeries carry the risk of complications, weight loss surgery has been proven to dramatically improve the health and quality of life for many morbidly obese patients.
    For more information about the documentary film, the Las Vegas Meet & Greet, or The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America, or to make a charitable donation to the Foundation, please visit www.wlsfa.org.

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