Dr. Barbara Berkeley is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She has specialized in the care of overweight and obese patients since 1988.
She will be the first to tell you that weight loss treatment is only as good as each dieter’s ability to avoid regain. Because of her own frustration with the lack of practical materials for post-dieters, she wrote a book that focuses solely on weight maintenance. This book is titled Refuse to Regain: Twelve Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You’ve Earned (Quilldriver Books) and is available via internet booksellers (Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble, etc.). The Refuse to Regain website serves as a companion to the book. It reflects Barbara's belief that maintainers need a place to challenge the conventional wisdom on food and nutrition. This place should also allow maintainers to communicate with others who are engaged in the same struggle.
Barbara holds a B.A. in writing from Barnard College and a Master’s degree in education from Columbia University. She obtained her MD degree from the State University of New York/ Stony Brook, where she was a member of the sixth graduating class. Her residency in medicine was completed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a major Harvard teaching hospital in Boston.
She currently serves as Director of Weight Management Services for LakeHealth, one of Cleveland's hospital systems. Her job involves designing and implementing healthy weight programs for employees, businesses and the community at large. She also maintains a private practice which is limited to overweight and obesity: Weight Management Partners, Inc.
Finally, Barbara wants you to know that she practices the principles laid out in Refuse to Regain as a method for controlling her own weight, and has successfully maintained a 20 pound weight loss for approximately 8 years.