About the OAC
The Obesity Action Coalition is an IRS registered 501(c)3 National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to those affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to build a nationwide coalition of those affected to become active advocates and spread the important message of the need for obesity education. To increase obesity education, the OAC offers a wide variety of free educational resources on obesity, severe obesity and childhood obesity, in addition to consequences and treatments of these conditions. The OAC also conducts advocacy efforts throughout the U.S. on both the National and state levels, and encourages individuals to become proactive advocates.
History of the OAC
During a meeting of legislators, a congressperson asked the question – “Who represents patients who are affected by obesity?” It was then that a legislator pointed out a serious need – a group whose only focus is on those affected by obesity. With this, the OAC was formed in 2005 with the goal of building a national coalition of those who are living with and/or affected by obesity.
As a non profit organization, the OAC exists to serve the needs of every individual affected by obesity. The OAC is a membership organization, and membership is a vital component in building a Coalition of those affected. Membership is not required in the OAC, however it is strongly encouraged and is often the first step toward getting involved in making an impact in obesity. Currently, the OAC has more than 42,000 active members and serves more than 1 million individuals each year.
As an education and advocacy organization, the OAC is involved with all issues related to obesity. As such, the OAC has several stated positions on various aspects in obesity. The OAC’s position statements allow our constituents to know where the OAC stands and how our organization is working to improve the lives of those who are affected. To view the OAC’s position statements, please click here.
OAC Vision Statement
It is the vision of the OAC to support, through education and advocacy, the creation of a society in which:
- All individuals are treated with respect and without discrimination or bias regardless of their size or weight;
- Those affected by the disease of obesity have the right to access safe and effective treatment options; and
- All individuals understand that when it comes to health, Your Weight Matters.
Mission of the OAC
The mission of the OAC is to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support.