Can’t We All Just Get Along? John McCain’s Call for Bipartisanship on Healthcare Reform

In the wee hours of Friday morning, July 28th, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) approached the well of the United States Senate to cast a “No” vote against the Republican leadership’s final shot at passing a bill to replace and repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) –...



Take the Next Step on Your Weight Management Journey at the 2017 Your Weight Matters National Convention

Don’t miss your chance to attend the Your Weight Matters National Convention taking place in New Orleans August 10-13! With less than 10 days left to opening night, YWM2017 will offer attendees access to science-based weight management strategies. The Convention offers onsite registration starting at $60/day, or $145 for the full...



The Checklist – Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Bariatric Surgery

The Checklist – Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Bariatric Surgery From the perspective of a dietitian and her patients by Melissa Majumdar, MS, RD, LDN, CPT Bariatric surgery is a great tool to help you manage your weight. But it’s just that – a tool – and takes...



Parenting and Obesity – Tips, Ideas, and Suggestions

Parenting and Obesity – Tips, Ideas, and Suggestions by Natalie-Jean Schiavone, PhD, Being a kid today is hard, but being a parent today is even harder. Let’s face it, when most parents were growing up, cell phones, computers, and social media did not exist. As children, you may have...



3 Uncommon Secrets to Success from a Bariatric Dietitian

3 Uncommon Secrets to Success from a Bariatric Dietitian by Katy Harvey, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD A client came in to my office the other day and said, “I keep eating all the wrong things. Every morning I start with a plan to do it right that day, and then I...



Emotional Changes after Bariatric Surgery

You’ve had bariatric surgery. Your next steps were given to you by your surgeon/nutritionist/dietitian and/or bariatrician. You are eating according to plan, exercising regularly and taking action. The next piece is the one that most people don’t discuss: the emotional changes that occur as a result of physical changes....



“Coming to the Your Weight Matters National Convention is Like Coming Home…”

Written by Debera Gau, OAC/Convention Welcoming Committee Member The atomic clock on the OAC’s Your Weight Matters National Convention Web site is showing 75 days until YWM2017, and it is a reminder of how quickly time passes. In 75 days, summer will be close to over and as I...



Learning with My Mom as We Shared the YWM Convention Experience Together

Written by Maria Caprigno, OAC/Convention Welcoming Committee Member My name is Maria Caprigno and just last summer, my mom Terrie and I attended the 2016 Your Weight Matters National Convention in Washington, DC. As a long-time member of the OAC, I have been attending Your Weight Matters Conventions for...



“The Your Weight Matters National Convention Opened My Eyes…”

Written by Alana Garrett, OAC Member and YWM2016 Attendee I had been overweight for as long as I could remember, and after trying everything to lose weight, I was exhausted and defeated. I had my daughter Matilda in January 2015, and this made me realize that I owed it...



Weight Bias Task Force: OAC in ACTION

This morning I watched a video making fun of “fatties” shopping in a store and saw a headless, dehumanizing picture of a person with obesity accompanying a weight-loss study. And that was before I even got out of bed! Unfortunately, weight-based bias, stigma and discrimination are everywhere in our...



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