Why Applaud the FDA for Their Recent Obesity Drug Approvals?

This week marked the second time in less than a month that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medication to treat obesity. Before these recent approvals, the last time the FDA approved a drug for obesity was more than 13 years ago. Recently, the OAC has...



Healthcare Reform and Obesity

In case you missed the news last week, and frankly I’m not sure how you could have with the wall-to-wall coverage, the Supreme Court upheld the vast majority of the constitutionality of healthcare reform often called “Obamacare” by its opponents. With the law standing for now (further legislative challenges...



Big in the USA

Our documentary exposes the paradox between weight and the media. We look at how obesity is treated in this country, the bombarding nature of fast food commercials and then we expose their contradictory nature as advertisements for diet pills and work out plans are intended to fill us with...



I am an advocate. Are you?

What does it mean to be an advocate? As an OAC member, I am often asked this. Being an advocate means having a voice and using it. In the world of obesity, using your voice is so very important, because if you have the self-confidence, you will be speaking...



Don’t Ask, Don’t Care

So, with headlines blaring about increasing costs associated with obesity and the ever growing obesity rate, I often ask myself, “Are we finally reaching the point, as a nation, when we are going to take the obesity epidemic seriously?”  I see encouraging signs that we are beginning to move...



People Are Not Their Disease

I spent many weeks in the hospital recently due to my father’s lengthy illness. Although the hospital is familiar to me as a nurse, it’s quite different when you have hours to observe the surroundings and interactions as a visitor. Six times in three weeks, I heard visitors and...



Where’s my sense of humor?

Being the spokesperson for an organization has always been one of the most exciting parts of my career. I truly do care about the cause of obesity and take pride in speaking on behalf of the OAC. With that said, I am always skeptical of on-air interviews, as you...



Weight Bullying: Why no uproar?

Two days ago I attended a truly shocking session at the Weight of the Nation meetings by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that highlighted bias issues and one presentation highlighted bullying. The session focused on the numerous studies that show weight is likely the leading cause of bullying...



The Need for Evidence-based Obesity Treatments

A day doesn’t go by without the OAC being approached by the latest company offering “miracle” solutions for obesity treatment.  Whether “magic powder” to sprinkle on your food or pills that “have the same effect as a gastric bypass,” our message is the same – “Show us the data.” ...



Childhood Obesity – It’s Complicated

“Obesity Action Coalition, how may I help you?” “Yes, I need to know if you offer information on childhood obesity. My child is overweight and I don’t’ know what to do.” It’s not uncommon on a daily basis for the OAC to receive dozens of calls and hundreds of...



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