Louis Flancbaum, M.D. is the Chief of the division ofBariatric Surgery at St Luke's—Roosevelt Hospital Centerin New York City and Associate Professor of ClinicalSurgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons ofColumbia University. Erica Manfred is a medical journalistwhose work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Ladies HomeJournal, and more. She lives in West Hurley, New York.Deborah Flancbaum, MS Ed,, is a freelance writer andeditor. She and her husband, Louis, live in Teaneck, NewJersey.