4/13/12: Friday Five

The best part about doing a weekly feature is that I get to highlight and showcase some great people, places, and things.  The worst part is that I have to remember that I need to post every Friday.  For half of the day today, I didn’t even realize it WAS Friday, so this is no small feat for me.  Especially impressive since it’s Friday the 13th, and I’m bound to screw something up somewhere today.  lol

Here are this week’s Friday Five.  Enjoy!  :)


The Dress Addict.com
re:  blatant self-promotion

At the end of April, I’ll be launching a new website that showcases one of my favorite obsesssion: dresses.  The website will feature reviews, discounts and deals, designers, and everyone’s favorite:  giveaways!





The Dress Addict

For anyone who “LIKES” the Facebook page before April 30th, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of several dress giveaways (more prizes added throughout the weekend).  So do two things:  1)  bookmark  www.thedressaddict.com and 2) go to the Facebook Page and like it!








MeltingMama.net  /  Huffington Post
“An open letter to Carnie Wilson”

First, I’d like to thank Beth at http://www.meltingmama.net for not only letting her readers know about this article, but for writing such a thoughtful response post on her blog.

I’m just in awe that any medical professional – particularly a licensed therapist experience in cognitive therapy behavior – would so openly and readily call out someone in such a public and humiliating way.  Never mind that Carnie Wilson is a celebrity and that she makes her journey public:  this is a licensed medical professional who knows better and understands the rules of medical privacy.   Pretty unbelievable.  Read the entire story here on Beth’s blog and here on The Huffington Post.


Citizens Medical Center BMI / Obesity Discrimination Policy Suspended!

From the Obesity Action Coalition:

Tampa, Fla. – Earlier today, Citizens Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, David Brown, contacted OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski and informed Mr. Nadglowski that their weight-based hiring policy has been suspended.

The Center recently came under fire when media outlets throughout the U.S. focused attention on its body mass index (BMI) requirement for employment. The policy stated that individuals with a BMI of 35 or more would not be eligible for employment at Citizens Medical Center. OAC leadership reached out to Mr. Brown and expressed their concerns that this hiring policy greatly perpetuated weight bias and stigma often associated with the disease of obesity.

“The OAC is very pleased that Mr. Brown and Citizens Medical Center have decided to remove the policy. It is unfortunate that the policy was ever implemented; however, we applaud them for taking a proactive step toward reducing weight bias,” said Nadglowski.

The OAC’s Web site states the following in regard to obesity and the workplace:

Employers are impacted by obesity because of increased healthcare costs, absenteeism and workers compensation, which can often be associated with obesity. Companies should provide comprehensive obesity prevention and treatment programs for their employees and employ incentive programs (such as discounted health club memberships, availability of healthier food choices at work, etc.) where possible.
While incentive programs should be encouraged, we believe that punitive measures (higher premiums, penalties for non-participation, etc.) should not be utilized as a catalyst for individuals to address their obesity. Further stigmatization and penalization of this population often elicits a response counter to the goal of the original penalty.
In 2011, the OAC launched a new initiative, entitled “Bias Busters,” which aims to combat weight bias throughout society, including settings such as healthcare, employment, pop culture, the media and more. To date, “Bias Busters” has taken on weight bias issues with Facebook, Entertainment Tonight and others. “’Bias Busters’ has proven to be an effective initiative to address weight bias. It was an OAC member who originally alerted us to Citizens Medical Center’s BMI policy. We are very thankful that OAC leadership was able to effectively assist in the removal of the policy in a timely manner,” said Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, OAC Chairman.

For more information on the OAC’s “Bias Busters,” please visit http://www.obesityaction.org/weight-bias-and-stigma/bias-busters. If you know of a weight bias issue that you would like the OAC to review, please email biasbusters@obesityaction.org.

The OAC is a National nonprofit charity dedicated to helping individuals affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools.

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Online karaoke site – great community!

www.singsnap.comI have found that in the past few months that I’ve been referring lots of students and singing enthusiasts to one of my favorite sites:  SingSnap.com.  It’s a really great community of people who love to sing, and you can record songs, add them to your account, get feedback and comments, participate in contests and much, much more.  They offer free accounts and “Gold” accounts that give you access to the entire library.  If you love to sing, this site is for you!  www.singsnap.com

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Sexy Lingerie!

I recently found out about a great website called MadameGirl.com.  They have a HUGE selection of lingerie and intimates and the owner, Marne, is a really wonderful gal to work with.  She sent me a bunch of lingerie to review (I will be posting a separate blog review in the future), and she has an excellent range of sizes, and everything is really reasonably priced as well.  If you’re looking for some sassy new duds, check out www.madamegirl.com!



Walk From Obesity:  Melting Mama’s Bariatric Bad Girls Team
Natick, MA  – April 28th

I very readily admit that I pretty much suck at fundraising.  I always feel uncomfortable asking people for donations/money, even when it’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart.  So help me not suck, won’t you? (click graphic to donate)

I’ll be walking with Melting Mama’s BBGC on April 28th, and I have a fundraising goal of $300.  Seriously, that should be a piece of cake (uh, bad pun), right?!  If I can’t raise that, I’m just kind of pathetic.  So help me not suck, and also help raise funds for ending obesity, won’t you?  Every little bit counts.

And my very first (and VERY generous) donation was from my new sponsor, who happens to be next on my FF list.  Granted, they made the list last week too, but any company that supports me and my cause so generously gets a second write-up, because they ROCK:

Thank you VERY much for your support, Wellesse!

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Contest time!  Win some Wellesse Bariatric Liquid Supplements! You haven’t tried Wellesse yet?  Well, check out THIS BLOG ENTRY to see how you could win some serious loot!

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If you find me living out of a cardboard box on the street, you’ll know why.  I want to spend every penny I have on the dresses from this site.  LOVE. ❤





Ingrid Michaelson “Everybody”

I love this song, and think this video is adorable:


Now, you know I’m not particularly religious, so here’s best I can do for you.  Happy Easter weekend, everyone!


My Friday Five series usually focuses on positive topics, ideas, and people, but sometimes something so unbelievable comes my way that I have to bring it to light.  This week’s Friday Five includes one of the most disturbing and blatant examples of weight bias (and racism) that I’ve ever seen.  Please remember:  you have a voice and can be an advocate for change.  With that, today’s Friday Five:


Citizens Medical Center:  Weight Discrimination

In my inbox today was a story about Citizens Medical Center’s no-hiring policy for the obese.  Ironically enough, this was featured in Outpatient Surgery Magazine, who you may remember featured an extremely insulting “comedy” article about XXL patients (written by Dr. John Kelly, who later apologized for his lack of judgement and sensitivity in the article, although the magazine never apologized for publishing it).   I am appalled by what I read.

The CEO has instituted a no-hiring policy for the obese because, as reported in the magazine:

The majority of our patients are over 65, and they have expectations that cannot be ignored in terms of personal appearance,” David Brown, head of Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas, told the Texas Tribune. “We have the ability as an employer to have a policy that says what’s best for our business and for our patients.

Mr. Brown claims overweight workers are absent from work more often than their slim colleagues, although the hospital’s decision to pass on obese applicants isn’t based on health insurance premiums. The hiring policy, notes the report, points to physical appearance and the desire to promote overall health to patients as the hospital’s basis for omitting overweight applicants from consideration.”

The Rudd Center also reports:

“Turning down qualified job applicants because of their body weight is blatant discrimination, and prevents these applicants from making meaningful contributions to their community as competent health care professionals,”  says Rebecca Puhl, PhD, Rudd Center Director of Research and Weight Stigma Initiatives. “The body weight of health professionals, like the general population, varies considerably. A health professional’s body weight is irrelevant in his or her ability to provide appropriate, sensitive, and evidence-based health care to patients.”

If you have been considering using your voice to end weight bias and discrimination, please join the cause now.  This is not an isolated incident of weight bias and discrimination – it happens all the time.   Need to start somewhere?  Consider joining the Obesity Action Coalition and go to their GET INVOLVED page to find out how you can help.


TheTurtleRiot – New YouTuber!

WLS video blog, #2 pre op


H20 HOME – Yes, please!

From RealityPod:

An American Company builds these underground homes on Request. It’s like an underground Submarine made of Glass! Would you want a home like this?

I love anything in, on, or around the water.  I’d live in one of these in a hot underwater second!


Mega Millions Jackpot:  $640 Million
The Washington Post reports that I have a better chance of dying by bee sting than winning the $640 Million Jackpot.  I’m still buying a ticket – and staying away from bees.


Introducing my new sponsor:  Wellesse Bariatric Liquids!

If you are a pre-op or baby post-op, you definitely should check out Wellesse Liquid Bariatric Solutions.  I am pretty selective about my sponsors, and I only showcase and feature products that I really like and stand behind.  I had never tried these (I’m four years post-op and don’t have to worry about pills, etc), so they sent me out all of the products to try and I have to tell you:  I LOVE them.  I think they taste great and are PERFECT for little pouches that need their vitamins and supplements.  I also want to buy a Snoopy Snow Cone machine just so I can make slushies with these, because I’m pretty sure they’d be AWESOME. I’ll be doing a giveaway on the radio show soon, so keep an eye on the Backstage Pass Radio Program page, and also check then out at www.wellesse.com!

3/23: Friday Five!

Here are the five people, places, and things I think you should check out this week:


The WSLFA Supports Carnie Wilson’s Choice of LAP-BAND

            Read the full story by clicking HERE


It’s Connie’s One-Year Surgiversary!


I think this is adorably funny:


Earth Month is in April, and Earth Day is April 22nd.   I work for the coolest educational rap company on the planet, and we’ve got a whole EARTH DAY COLLECTION of music to help you, your kids, and your classroom celebrate and learn!  Check out this blog post for examples on how you can turn your Earth Day Lessons into Rock Star status!


This Sunday, March 25th is the FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery!  Four years and 150 lbs later, I’m still going strong.
Best decision that I EVER MADE!! 


I’ve decided to do a new regular feature on my blog called Friday Five.”   Every Friday, I’ll pick five things that I think rock.  It may be products, it may be services, it may be news items, it may be a featured person – but it will always be five things that I think you should know about.   So here goes:


“The Real Skinny” – on TLC
Monday, March 12th at 8:00pm EST
Set your DVR to record this premiere episode.  Read more about Dr. Katzen and Sarah (SarahWillBeSkinny) HERE.


90 Day Count of Celebrate Vitamins B-50 Complex and
90 Day Count of Coromega 3+D Tropical Orange Squeeze

To be entered to win, please visit Celebrate Vitamins Facebook Page and “Like” them and leave this comment on their wall: “Diva Taunia sent me to Celebrate!”  All names will be entered into a hat and I’ll select a winner and announce them on this Monday’s (5/12) Backstage Pass Radio Program at 8:00pm EST.


10% off entire order .  I think BJ’s Bariatrics ROCKS!  They offer a super-amazing line of bariatric-friendly products, my favorite granola on the planet.

Right now, you can get a 10% discount off your entire order by using the discount code “DIVAT.”  Shop away, my wls peeps!


Slimpressions is a two-time winner of the 2012 Backstage Pass Radio WLS Awards, and for good reason:  their products are some of the best shapers out there, and super-duper comfy.

If you were to open my lingerie drawer, you’d find about 25 pieces of Slimpressions in there.  Yeah, that’s how much I love them!

And speaking of 25, you can get 25% off your entire order by using the coupon code DIVAT.  But act quickly, sale ends on Saturday night (3/10) at midnight!


I met Liz Bills last year when she signed on to be part of the cast of The Diva Taunia Dolls.  This gal is incredibly talented – sings, plays guitar, plays piano, writes her own stuff, and just a real sweetheart to boot.

A friend of mine stumbled upon her cover of  Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To  Know,” and I have been obsessing over her version all week long.  I just really, really dig this and her singing on it is pretty kick ass.  CLICK HERE to listen to the music video and visit her website at www.lizbills.com and her band’s Facebook Page, Analog Heart.

Is there someone/something you think I should feature on next week’s Friday Five?  Email me at info@divataunia.com and let me know!