If you struggle with fat, especially disproportionately distributed on your thighs, butt, hips, maybe upper arms, and you've efforted to reduce to no avail, you might have a fat disorder called lipedema (lipoedema in Europe). This site is dedicated to raising awareness and offering education about this little-known and generally misdiagnosed disease. We hope you find answers here.

I'm Catherine Seo, PhD. I founded Lipedema Simplifed LLC in 2013 to try and find answers. It's been an amazing and miraculous journey that I am profoundly grateful for. This website includes my personal journey and discovery with lipedema.


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I'm Lisa Duerre, CEO of RLD Group & Leadership Development expert. I partnered with Catherine and Lipedema Simplified in 2023 to raise awareness and support those with lipedema. I stepped into the role of Managing Director for Lipedema Simplified. I share my own journey of discovering that I have been living with this disease, and highlight others on Ctrl+Alt+Delete with Lisa Duerre™ Podcast.


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Documentary Producer & Director

Special appreciation for Mark L. Smith, MD, FACS, Executive Director of The Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery at Northwell Health in New York for co-founding, co-directing and funding the beginnings of the Lipedema Project.

Founder & CEO, The Lipedema Project

...and trying to piece together a complex puzzle.

It is also about our shared journey . . .

. . . and sharing treatment, resources and research . . .

. . . and connecting.

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Your Body's Own Wisdom

"A correct diagnosis changes or allows changes for us if we take up the challenge. There are new ways for our health, and healing comes over time."     ~Fiona O., LIPEDEMA TRIBE MEMBER, New Zealand