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...



Tackling Bias Respectfully

In my opinion, one of the most difficult aspects of living with obesity is the bias and stigma often faced on a nearly daily basis. In fact, for many, the constant “shame and blame” that comes with obesity often impacts one’s quality of life more than the health impacts...



“My Treatment is Better than Your Treatment”

The OAC was created with the lofty goal to bring together all of those affected by obesity. Basically, we exist so that no matter where you are in your battle against obesity, we are here for you. It doesn’t matter whether you woke up this morning and decided today...



Obesity Drugs and the FDA

Despite their long and often checkered past, obesity drugs are currently a very hot topic. The FDA is currently evaluating three medications for the treatment of obesity. Each offers modest weight-loss (5 – 10 percent on overage) when used in combination with behavior modification, but has their own unique...



Weight Bias – Why is it ok?

My name is James Zervios and I am the Director of Communications for the OAC. Working for the OAC since its inception in 2005 has been a blessing in my life as it has given me the opportunity to meet some incredible, intelligent people – people of all shapes...



Prevention vs Treatment

What is more important in the fight against obesity – prevention or treatment? Often times, I am invited to speak on panels as an advocate for treatment and am often pitted against a leading expert from the prevention world. Organizers, in my opinion, do this to create some fireworks,...



The OAC Blog

Welcome to the new OAC Blog.  My name is Joe Nadglowski and I am the CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).  As part of our recent Web site upgrades and from our own learning experience from working closely with the blogger community through several events in 2011, the...



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