Welcome to Lipedema Simplified, a site dedicated to raising awareness and offering education about lipedema (known as lipoedema in Europe), a little-known and often misdiagnosed fat disorder.

Understanding Lipedema:

If you struggle with fat, particularly in your thighs, butt, hips, and upper arms, and conventional efforts to reduce it have been ineffective, you may be dealing with lipedema. This condition primarily affects women, who often experience disproportionately large hips and legs compared to the rest of their bodies.

Lipedema is a complex disorder that is frequently misdiagnosed. Therefore, it's crucial for lymphatic professionals and individuals to deepen their understanding of how lipedema is diagnosed, its common features, and its various stages and types.

Our Mission:

At Lipedema Simplified, we provide global programs and resources to facilitate learning, connection, and belonging for women living with lipedema and related disorders. Our holistic approach addresses the physical, mental/psychological, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of well-being. Through empowerment and community support, we encourage women with lipedema to take proactive steps toward living their best lives.


We hope that you find the information and support you need here at Lipedema Simplified. Feel free to explore our resources and connect with our community as you navigate your journey with lipedema.

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