National Volunteer Week: The Importance of Volunteering for the Causes You Care About

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Gandhi Here at the OAC, we dedicate ourselves to serving not only our more than 52,000 supporters, but a much larger number than that — the 93 million Americans who are affected by...



Isn’t it Time We Refocus Obesity?

People with obesity face stigma on a daily basis. From the doctor’s office to the workplace, people with obesity are constantly bombarded with weight bias. But, there is another form of weight bias that is right in front of our faces on daily basis, and yet, most of us...



A Warm Welcome from the YWM2016 Welcoming Committee

by Rob Portinga I was asked why the Your Weight Matters National Convention is important to me, and how the event has made an impact in my life. In some ways, I thought this question was going to be a difficult question to answer. The first part was actually...



YWM2016 United We Stand – Inspiring Health

For the past 10 years, the Obesity Action Coalition has been the voice of those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. A little more than five years ago, the OAC National Board wanted to extend the OAC’s commitment to sharing evidence-based education on weight and health. Through...



How Weight Bias Impacts a Patient with Obesity’s Medical Care

by Sean Phelan, PhD Obesity is one of the most strongly and regularly stigmatized conditions. With the exception of a handful of other important studies, we have little knowledge of how that stigma affects the quality of medical care that patients with obesity receive. In our paper, the “Impact...



The Cascade Effect: How Weight Bias Impacts the Stress on Future Healthcare Professionals While in Medical School

Medical school is an extremely stressful time for its students.  They juggle impossible schedules, complex learning material and demanding faculty and residents — with little sleep and little opportunity for a life outside of medical school.  These factors contribute to high levels of student burnout, depression, anxiety, substance use,...



Lead by Example: How Role Models in the Medical Field Shape Weight Bias

As obesity continues to rise in the U.S., the presence of weight bias and stigma become a growing concern for not only the individuals experiencing it, but the healthcare professionals trying to treat their patients. Identifying why weight bias occurs is an important factor in putting an end to...



Letter Writing Week – Why You Should Write Your Own Letters Today

One of the most important aspects of the OAC’s core mission and goals is to encourage and empower our members and all individuals affected by obesity to advocate for themselves. It is wonderful when we can represent those affected by obesity, but it is far more powerful when we...



Letter Writing Week: An Open Letter to the Louisiana Health Plans Association

Two-thirds, or 68 percent of Americans are affected by excess weight, and more than one-third (35 percent) are affected by obesity. This number is only continuing to rise. As many as 65 percent of American adults are recommended for bariatric treatment, but often times these treatments aren’t being covered...



Letter Writing Week – Sharing Our Personal Journeys with Legislators

The voice of individuals affected by excess weight and obesity is an important one in educating the public about the need for obesity care and treatment. It’s the journeys, testimonies and various walks of life these individuals’ experience that help people understand where they’re coming from, and provides a...



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