A Post-op Steak, Hold the Salad

July 28, 2009

New York Post

A Post-op Steak, Hold the Salad – By Mary Huhn

You’d never stumble upon an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a bar or a Gamblers Anonymous get-together at the Sands, but a certain group of obese and formerly obese people ventured to the Old Homestead Steakhouse last week to dig into some sirloin, sip some wine -- and skip the salad. These weren't ordinary fat-fighters, but men and women who have had lap-band surgery at the NYU Langone Medical Center. "People are very nervous about all the food going down," says George Fielding, a surgeon and co-director of the NYU Program for Surgical Weight Loss. "Will they be sick? Will they be embarrassed?" Fielding hosts quarterly "Dinners with George," held at an array of the city's nicer restaurants to help patients feel normal about eating out. "A lot of these people have never been to these kind of restaurants," Fielding says. "You shouldn't not be eating out because you're fat."

- George Fielding, MD, associate professor, surgery, NYU Program for Surgical Weight Loss

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