Pets – Their Weight Matters Too

I had an interesting experience recently at the vet with my dog Rocky. I had to take him to the vet because his paw was bothering him. The good news was that after some x-rays and an exam, he just has an allergy. What I did find interesting though...



What’s Coming in 2013

In December, we took a look back at the activities and accomplishments of the OAC and our members during 2012.  Now as we start a new year, I thought I would share some of OAC’s plans moving forward into 2013 as well as some of the opportunities and challenges...



People First: Remove the Word “Obese” from Your Dictionary

Going straight to the conclusion, I want you to remove the word obese from your dictionary. Click here for the directions to do it in Microsoft Office. Have you ever noticed that when people talk about health conditions or disabilities, they usually talk about the people separate from the...



Coke and Anti-obesity Ads

As I am sure most of you have seen this week, the media has been highlighting Coca Cola’s new anti-obesity ads. These ads highlight a variety of things, such as Coke’s “140 Calorie” pitch, activity and more. To view one of Coke’s ads, click here. I don’t think there’s...



Stop Sharing and Start Caring

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a “techy” guy. I like technology and I even like it when it doesn’t work because I like figuring out why it isn’t working. There is one thing about technology that I do not like though – the lack of...



Walk in Our Shoes

I would like to take a moment today and respond to a recent New York Times article, titled “Our Absurd Fear of Fat,” written by Paul Campos. Earlier this week, a meta-analysis (combination of several studies) was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The analysis reviewed...



Your Voice through Membership – It WILL be Heard!

I love this time of the year. Not only is it a time to slow down a bit and enjoy spending time at home with family and friends, it’s a time to reflect on the year that has all too quickly passed. I enjoy remembering the triumphs from the...



Advocacy: The Voice on Behalf of Those Affected by Obesity

It was just a little over eight years ago when a legislator stood up at a meeting on obesity and asked the question, “Who represents those who are affected by obesity? I hear every day from public health officials, healthcare providers and others about obesity but I’ve never heard...



Voices Coming Together – In-person!

In thinking about the success of the OAC in 2012, we must highlight the Inaugural Your Weight Matters Convention. Though a recent success, the framework for the Convention has really been building for the past seven and a half years. But, 2012 was THE year that this dream of...



Making Friends and Connecting People – OAC Partnerships

OAC recognizes that creating a world where those who are affected by obesity are viewed with compassion, granted access to treatment when needed and desired, and live in an environment free from stigma and discrimination is a long and arduous battle that we cannot fight alone.  Partnering with like-minded...



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