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The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA.ORG) invites you to join us in Portland Oregon! Your participation at this annual fundraiser allows the WLSFA to make a difference in the lives of people with no access to the medical treament they need to overcome the disease of obesity. Dollars raised at this event fund grants and saves lives! We anticipate the largest gathering of weight loss surgery patients ever assembled. Together we can look forward to an event that will be life changing for attendees and those that benefit from the gathering our grant recipients!



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    Friday, May 19 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
    It's All About Men and WLS

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    Men’s Panel Discussions – WLS and Men’s Issues

    It’s estimated 280,000 Americans will undergo Weight Loss Surgery this year.  Only 15 percent, 42,000 will be men.  Obesity statistics in the US indicate morbid obesity is not gender specific.  Why are so few men having weight loss surgery?

    And when men do have weight loss surgery, they become a higher risk to suffer depression, anxiety, and stress, and to develop eating disorders, transfer addictions, and relationship issues.

    Come join a discussion, reserved exclusively for men, and discuss issues we, as male WLS patients, experience daily.  Share your thoughts, experiences, feelings and fears with others also traveling through a similar journey.

    avatar for William Streetman

    William Streetman

    Board Member, WLSFA
    Bill spent 34 years as an energy efficiency consultant to the gas and electric utility industry, starting and managing several consulting firms, and managing large numbers of people and projects. During his successful career, he unfortunately neglected his health and fitness, ea... Read More →

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    Jarrod Buchman

    Southeast Territory Sales Manager, Bariatric Advantage
    Jarrod Buchman has been in the field of Bariatrics for over 15 years. He started in 2002 where launched a Bariatric Surgery program in Jacksonville, FL. Over the course of 13 years, he assisted over 3000 patients on their journey both before and after surgery. Jarrod is also a... Read More →
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    James Haney

    Hi I'm Jim. I have been fat my whole life! In my late 20's I was diagnosed with diabetes and was put on insulin. Along with that diagnosis came lots of weight gain. No matter what I did I could not seem to drop the weight and at over 400 pounds exercise was very difficult. | In 2... Read More →
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    Gastric Tiger

    Hey, I’m Scott (aka The Gastric Tiger). I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I was always active as a kid and played sports, but I was always the fat kid in the group. By high school I was over 260 pounds and by the end of college I was over 340. In school I prided myself on my academics, but neglected my health and fitness. A few years after college I decided I wanted to face my weight head on (after the doctor said I was pre-diabetic) and lost 60 pounds in a few months taking phentermine, walking miles per day, and eating nothing but cucumbers and watermelon. Needless to say that... Read More →

    Friday May 19, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
    Forum Suite Third Floor - Conference Level