World's Only Bariatric Chef
Discusses Making Food Enjoyable
(Oct. 25, 2004) — The world’s only bariatric chef, David Fouts, will join the Froedtert Hospital & the Medical College of Wisconsin Bariatric Surgery team to discuss life before and after gastric bypass surgery. The event will take place Nov. 6 at the Boerner Botanical Gardens from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. The event is open to the public.
Gastric bypass surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, involves the creation of a small stomach “pouch.” Following surgery, patients must eat extremely small portions of food due to the size of this pouch. If larger portions are eaten, serious and potentially life-threatening consequences can result. Therefore, post-surgery eating can be very challenging for some patients.
David Fouts would know the challenges of eating following gastric bypass; he underwent the surgery in January, 2002. Fouts, who today maintains a normal weight, has written a cookbook, “Culinary Classics; Essentials of Cooking for the Gastric Bypass Patient.” His visit to Milwaukee will include a two-hour presentation involving a cooking demonstration and tips on how to enjoy eating after gastric bypass surgery. Fouts will discuss topics such as: how to eat less, but enjoy food more; which carbohydrates are better than others; the essential questions to ask at a restaurant; how to make those first few month following bariatric surgery not only bearable, but enjoyable; and how to make pureed foods incredibly good.
Prior to Fouts’ presentation, the bariatric surgery team from Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin will talk about the keys to long-term success following surgery. The bariatric team, which last year treated more than 200 patients in the region, takes a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Made up of nutritionists, physical therapists, psychologists, and surgeons, this team helps counsel patients on the overall lifestyle and psychological changes that are necessary for bariatric patients to lose and maintain a healthy weight.
The bariatric team from Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin will discuss topics including: personal accountability; long-term follow-up; a food plan; regular exercise; vitamins and supplements; stress management; body image and relationships.