BariEDucated: An Integrated Health Guide for Dietitians and Behavioral Health Specialists Caring for Bariatric Surgery Patients

A must-read comprehensive guide to collaborative care amongst bariatric professionals, BariEDucated draws on the authors’ decades of cumulative experience and long-term working relationship. Geared towards mental health professionals, registered dietitians, and other bariatric treatment team members, it focuses on the nutritional and psychological aspects of pre-and post-operative care of metabolic and bariatric surgery patients. Special attention is given to eating disorders in the hopes of bridging the gap between professionals who treat bariatric patients and healthcare providers who specialize in eating disorder treatment. The importance of compassion, communication, and collaboration is emphasized, as the authors firmly believe these key components enrich the client experience and improve outcomes. An entire section of the book is devoted to comprehensive aftercare, as the authors feel post-operative programming is foundational to patients’ long-term success. Whether you are a seasoned clinician or just getting started in the field, it is a resource for all aspects of integrated health for those who care for the bariatric population.

Intended Audience:

  • Integrated Health Professionals
  • Advanced Practice Providers
  • Bariatric Coordinators
  • Behavioral Health Specialists
  • Clinical Reviewers
  • Eating Disorder Specialists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Dietitians

Professional Praise

  • Kalyn True, RDN, LDOutpatient Dietitian

    BariEDucated offers a comprehensive resource for navigating the complexities of bariatric care. The authors' combined expertise in nutrition and behavioral health shines through, providing valuable takeaways for various healthcare professionals within the integrated health team. Dietitians will find the detailed nutritional guidance invaluable, while psychologists can appreciate the in-depth exploration of the emotional aspects of bariatric surgery. Surgeons will benefit from the book's emphasis on pre- and post-surgical patient support, fostering a collaborative approach within the team. BariEDucated emphasizes the importance of collaboration among team members to deliver the most comprehensive patient care.

    Regardless of your specific role within the integrated health team or your experience level, this user-friendly approach and the clear explanations provided within the book have valuable takeaways to support your professional growth. While maintaining an easy-to-read format, the book is grounded in evidence-based research. Kelly and Chaundra skillfully blend high-level science with practical experience, making BariEDucated a valuable addition to any healthcare professional's library. The book is exceptional!

  • Dr. James HarrisMedical Director of Bariatric Surgery Services, Novant Health-NHRMC

    “As a bariatric surgeon, I can attest to the superior quality of evaluations and care Kelly and Chaundra have provided my patients for more than two decades. This book is a comprehensive collection of their vast experience scripted in a well-organized, practical manner that makes it easy to understand and apply. I recommend it for all those caring for bariatric patients whether you re a nutritionist, psychologist, surgeon, or other ancillary provider.”

  • Dr. Rebecca Daniel

    "BariEDucated is a comprehensive resource that offers empirically supported and practical tips to providers working with individuals pursuing bariatric surgery, whether experienced or novice. This book would be beneficial for behavioral health providers in specialty settings (e.g., weight loss clinics), primary care settings, and outpatient mental health settings. BariEDucated is also an enjoyable read, with the authors’ expertise and passion for this population shining through."

  • Kim F. Joyner, RNClinical Manager, Wilmington Surgical Associates

    "Pre-op and post-op nutrition and psychological care are the bedrock of the bariatric patient's long-term success. For over a decade, I have witnessed the passion and talent of Kelly and Chaundra. Their standard of care is exemplary!"

  • Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LDProfessional Affiliations and Education Manager, seca corporation

    "Oh how I wish I had a manual like this when I started as a dietitian working with bariatric surgery patients! Bariatric surgery and eating disorder specialists often operate in separate circles, and Kelly and Chaundra’s experience is the perfect intersection of both. Full of clinical practice experience and keeping the patient at the center, it’s the roadmap for how to apply evidence-based practice in the real world!"

Meet the Authors

BariEDucated was founded by Kelly Broadwater and Chaundra Evans, two integrated health experts with extensive experience working collaboratively with bariatric patients. We hope to share our combined knowledge in the areas of bariatric behavioral health and bariatric nutrition, offer guidance on therapeutic communication to improve collaborative outcomes within the integrative health team, and provide strategies for developing robust aftercare programming.

We are passionate about bridging the gap between bariatrics and eating disorders, as we realize that foundational knowledge and nuanced information on eating disorders are mainly absent from today’s bariatric-related psychological, nutritional, and medical training. If you specialize in eating disorders and are less educated about bariatrics, we hope our shared knowledge will empower you to provide compassionate care to these unique clients and their specialized circumstances.

We welcome the opportunity to help you and your organization grow professionally. Whether it’s reading BariEDucated, requesting individual consultation or supervision, joining us for a webinar or speaking engagement – we are here to help you build a gratifying bariatric program. Please contact us at to collaborate.