Creating the OAC Image Gallery: The Story Behind the Camera

In our latest blog post, we introduced the very beginning of the OAC’s image gallery that was launched just last month! By providing a non-commercial, bias-free collection of stock photos featuring individuals with obesity in a positive light, the project aims to reduce weight bias and change the perception...



OAC Launches Image Gallery to Reduce Weight Bias!

At our 5th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention just last August, OAC Chairwoman Amber-Huett Garcia addressed the audience about our five year goals to guide the organization through the year 2021. One of those goals – developed out of a need that often goes overlooked in mainstream society –...



Your Support Does Matter – One OAC Member Goes Above and Beyond

As a non-profit patient-centered organization, our membership plays a huge role in the successes of the OAC. Our members are truly making a difference in helping the OAC move forward and grow. That’s why we are excited to share the triumphs and contributions of our valued and passionate members!...



My Experience as a Your Weight Matters Convention Scholarship Recipient

As a Your Weight Matters Convention scholarship recipient, I was extremely excited to attend the Convention in Orlando, FL and receive the opportunity to learn more about healthy weight, mindful choices and fun exercise. The reason I applied for a scholarship to the Convention was because I am a...



Why It’s Time to Stand Up to Charles Barkley’s Fat-shaming and Weight Bias

Editor’s Note: Last week, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) was alerted by a dedicated OAC member, Abby Lentz, to a weight bias issue in the media. In 2015, the OAC spoke out against NBA analyst Charles Barkley, and he has once again targeted women in the San Antonio area...



The OAC’s Convention Scholarship Fund: A Dream Becomes a Reality

A longtime dream for the OAC became a reality in 2012 when we hosted the organization’s Inaugural Your Weight Matters National Convention in Dallas, Texas. A meeting that was truly the first of its kind, the OAC’s Convention has grown to be the leading patient educational event that brings...



One Common Belief: What to Expect at Your First Appointment with an Obesity Medicine Specialist

Each office will look different. Each treatment plan will be individualized. Each Obesity Medicine Specialist (Bariatrician) will have a unique educational journey that has led them to this medical field. But there is one common belief that unites all Obesity Medicine Specialists: they all apply scientifically studied medical interventions...



Does my doctor understand obesity? The Differences between an Obesity Medicine Specialist and a Primary Care Physician

Obesity is a disease, like diabetes or high blood pressure — a fact that was recognized by the American Medical Association in 2013. Because obesity can be perceived as like many other diseases that you would see a primary care physician for, it seems only natural to ask your...



Don’t Wait: Why You Should See a Doctor About Your Weight

Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to lose weight, or why it is even harder to keep it off, despite all of your best efforts, and hard work? You are not alone. Recently, scientists have discovered that obesity is a chronic, relapsing and very complicated disease....



The Patient’s Perspective on the Effects of Transfer Addiction

As a psychologist who specializes in treating bariatric patients, I’ve worked with many people suffering from post-op addiction issues. Because of the influx of patients I was seeing with cross-addiction, I began to offer a “Bariatric Recovery” group. This group meets on a biweekly basis and offers a mixture...



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