During Lipedema Awareness Month, we support the mission to raise awareness of lipedema by creating a healthier and more open conversation around the disease and female self-image amongst both Essity consumers and the wider world.
Learn more about the products and solutions we offer together with our brand JOBST, in order to support lipedema patients to lead an informed and active life. And meet Ricarda Kreutz, a lipedema patient and LymphCare ambassador. She has lipedema and helps to break barriers for people with similar conditions - by sharing her own experience with the disease.
Lipedema is a condition that is often misunderstood or mistaken for obesity or lymphedema. In contrast to lymphedema, there is no fluid collection in the tissue. If you break down the word ‘lipedema’, it means ‘fat swelling’. Lipedema usually appears symmetrical in shape and size and affects the legs and, sometimes, the arms. The body above the hips, and the hands and feet, remain unaffected.
Lymphedema and Lipedema are unique and chronic conditions that can be overwhelming and can make feel anxious or alone. That is the reason why JOBST has developed an online knowledge and expert community program to support Lymphedema and Lipedema patients: LymphCare by JOBST. Watch our introduction video.
Our brand JOBST is passionate about providing innovative compression therapy solutions that empower patients to confidently live the life they want, without compromise - despite their lymphatic or venous condition. Since everyone has different needs we design products to support those differences.
One of our newest innovations is JOBST Confidence, a flat-knit compression garment that features next-generation knitting technologies, and provides a more individualized fit for the unique body shapes of lipedema patients. This helps improve daily comfort and lets women live their lives without compromise.
We are an active supporter of the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) fighting for global recognition of lymphedema (LE) and lymphatic diseases such as lipedema.
Essity is also fighting for the recognition of lymphedema. The WHO estimates that lymphedema affects 250-million people worldwide. Meet Sarah Jouanny who has primary lymphedema and is working for us at Essity as a Global Communications Specialist for JOBST.