MasterChef Judge to Deliver Keynote at ObesityHelp’s 2014 National Conference With the support of his family, and his friend and surgeon, Dr. Vivek Prachand, Graham had the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) in July 2013 at the University of Chicago
Each year, ObesityHelp.com brings together hundreds of conference attendees that are navigating their weight loss surgery journey with a common goal of weight loss, improved health and wellness. There is always a very special connection among the attendees, one where individuals can look around the room and know that others right there beside them understand the stigma of obesity and also understand what it is like to make that big decision to have weight loss surgery.
Whether they are a pre-op, post-op, or a weight loss surgery veteran…someone, somewhere at the conference has been in those shoes and is sure to understand. The ObesityHelp team is proud to say that attendees walk away from the ObesityHelp Conference inspired, motivated, educated and supported!
With this very special connection in mind, it is an honor that the featured keynote speaker is someone that also understands and connects to the community in that very special way.
Please join the conference this August and welcome, Graham Elliot, as the Featured Keynote Speaker.
Graham Elliot is a critically acclaimed chef, television personality, and one of the most recognized faces cooking in America today. He is the two Michelin starred chef and owner of Graham Elliot Bistro and Primary Food & Drink. Graham is a judge on FOX's MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, and the Culinary Director of the Lollapalooza music festival.
At one point, Graham weighed almost 400 pounds and knew he needed help. Graham made the decision to have weight loss surgery in order to regain his health for himself and his family. Graham is married to Allie and has three children, Mylo, Conrad and Jedediah. With the support of his family, and his friend and surgeon, Dr. Vivek Prachand, Graham had the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) in July 2013 at the University of Chicago Medical Center and has lost 150 pounds since his surgery.
One of Graham’s biggest goals was to start running. Graham ran his first 5k in Chicago on November 30th, 2013. Inspired by fellow MasterChef judges Chef Gordon Ramsey and Chef Joe Bastianich, his next goal is to run the 2014 Chicago Marathon with his wife and biggest supporter, Allie.
The ObesityHelp National Conference will be held on August 15th and 16th at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. To learn more about the conference or to purchase tickets, please visit http://events.obesityhelp.com.
Founded in 1998, ObesityHelp was one of the very first online social networking communities and continues to be the premier weight loss surgery community offering resources for weight loss surgery patients and those seeking weight loss solutions for the morbidly obese. We provide a comprehensive program of support and education as well as tools and assistance in locating whatever resources it takes to overcome this life threatening condition. We have an active community that communicates online 24/7 through our website at http://www.obesityhelp.com.