Author shares personal story in book on obesity

An Orlando author is sharing her personal story about dealing with a family member’s obesity in her book, “Thru Thick & Think, Facing Obesity Thru the Eyes of a Loved One.’’

Dana Rosser discussed issues related to health, the morbidly obese, and support for loved ones of the nutritionally challenged on “The Dr. Oz Show.’’

In the book, Dana M. Rosser shares her personal journey of falling in love with, and marrying a man who was morbidly obese.

As her story unfolds, she unveils a blueprint for how she offset these struggles and learned to show a generosity of support, while her loved one received needed treatment to live a healthy life.

“My buried feelings of fear, anxiety, frustration, sadness and, yes, anger with regard to my husband’s obesity would keep me from doing the things that were healthy for me – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually,” she said.

“Since I couldn’t change the reality of my situation and I couldn’t change my husband (460 pounds), I had to face the reality that the only person I could change was me.’’

On ‘Oz,’ ‘Oprah’
She has shared her personal experience and discussed issues related to support for families and the nutritionally challenged on “The Dr. Oz Show’’ and numerous television news and radio broadcasts. She also appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show’’ in 2006.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Rosser is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in marketing.

She is co-author of “Unbreakable Spirit Rising Above the Impossible,’’ and has lectured for the National Medical Association, Harvard Patients Safety and Obesity Surgery Conference, and the American Academy of Family Practitioners Conference.

Rosser lives in Orlando with her husband, Dr. James “Butch” Rosser Jr., a world-renowned laparoscopic surgeon. They are the parents of five children.

The author can be reached via email at Dana@FacingObesity.com. Her website is facingobesity.com.

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