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...



Seeking Access to Treatment while Preserving the Right to Reject It

The OAC has long been an advocate for two policies that, at times, might seem to be polar opposites. The first policy is that everyone should have access to the legitimate medical treatments for obesity. The second, and equally important policy, is that individuals reserve the right to not...



Pundits and Their Misguided Messages

A perfect example of a pundit claiming their approach is better than any other raised its ugly head yesterday. In a Forbes.com piece here, author Melanie Haiken highlighted what she thought were the five deadliest diet trends. I don’t disagree with four of her five entries but entry number...



Self-responsibility is Not Exclusive to Obesity

Opening my Web browser today, I instantly saw three different news stories talking about obesity. Story #1 talked about “obesity and autism,” story #2 talked about “obesity and foot disorders” and story #3 talked about “obesity and diabetes.” Three different obesity-related stories on one Web site, in just one...



What’s in a Name?

Something that often troubles me is what society has decided to call obesity treatments, for example: weight-loss drugs and weight-loss surgery.  I know these terms are common. In fact, OAC has used them in our own publications, but I do think we should make a concerted effort to change...



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