What You Should Know
Obesity Help is a website dedicated to sharing information about weight loss issues, especially various types of medical intervention for obesity. The website has been around since 1998 and, according to the website, the site now has over 600,000 members. Obesity Help also publishes a monthly magazine called OH Magazine that includes articles, profiles and recipes.
Membership to Obesity Help is free and provides access to all areas of the website including the forums where members can discuss various aspects of obesity and surgery. The site also features a weight tracker and a blog feature.
Although the website is not clear on who runs the website, its focus on weight loss surgical procedures suggests that it is run by physicians. This is also suggested by the “Find a Surgeon” feature where members can locate a medical professional to perform a weight loss procedure, such as lap bands, gastric bypass, duodenal switch, and biliopancreatic diversion. Articles on the site on each of these procedures link directly to this search feature.
We find the Obesity Help website useful for those who already understand a lot about their obesity and who already know that they are going the surgical route. However, for someone just trying to become familiar with the issues, this site may not provide a balanced viewpoint. There appears to be no discussion of exercise, proper nutrition or other non-surgical obesity management tools. Several of the Obesity Help articles refer to surgical solutions as providing “rapid weight loss” suggesting that it is an easier and quicker alternative to nutritional and lifestyle management. We would be more impressed with this website if it provided information on all of these other issues surrounding obesity.
- Provides in-depth information about surgical procedures for obesity.
- Users can interact with other members through the forums.
- Members can find a local surgeon.
- Free to join.
- May not provide a balanced viewpoint on all ways to control and conquer obesity.
- Website does not provide information on who runs the website.
- Does not appear to provide one-to-one help with obesity concerns
The Obesity Help website is definitely a useful information site for those who already know that they are candidates for weight loss surgery. The membership is free and the site has tools to track your weight loss. The Obesity Help site proves much less useful to those trying to find out what their options are for losing weight. The site provides no information on surgical alternatives. Fortunately, there are many other informational sites on the web that provide nutritional and exercise advice for those looking to lose weight.