Welcome to the Board: Rob Portinga

So far in our latest blog series, we’ve briefly introduced you to our four new members of the OAC National Board of Directors and shared with you some of their stories and passions by connecting with them personally. Next, we’d like to give you the chance to get to...



Welcome to the Board: Scott Kahan, MD, MPH

The next new OAC Board Member that we’d like to introduce you to is Scott Kahan, MD, MPH who works as an obesity medicine physician in a multidisciplinary weight management center located in Washington, DC. Scott spends the vast majority of his time working in the healthcare field to...



Welcome to the Board: Nikki Massie, MA

  In our latest blog post, we briefly introduced our new members to the OAC National Board of Directors as we begin 2017 off with amazing new leadership. Now, we’d like to take the time to help you learn more about these individuals in-depth because each one of them...



The OAC Welcomes New Members to the National Board of Directors

With the start of a brand new year, the OAC is looking forward to all of the new opportunities for us to continue to improve the lives of individuals affected by obesity! This new chapter brings with it plans for the OAC’s 6th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention...



Help the OAC Fight Weight Bias

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is asking for your help in attaining its 2017 commitment to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to educate the public about weight bias. There are those who think “this isn’t a big deal” or “I am not biased” and any number of things...



Weight bias is harmful and dangerous. It’s time we put an end to it.

I have obesity, and I’d like to tell you a story about how damaging weight bias can be.  I was in pain.  My right hip and surrounding area were so sore that it was hard to walk, let alone do any other type of exercise.  My primary care doctor...



Six Ways to End Weight Bias

Obesity is a harsh chronic disease made worse by even harsher bias against people who have it. Parents, teachers, and peers make life miserable for kids growing up with obesity. Employers discriminate in hiring, pay, and promotion. Health plans and providers limit access to care that’s needed to overcome...



A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” This statement was originally said by Fred R. Barnard, and was actually stated as, “A picture is worth ten thousand words.” Although originally stated in reference to ads on the side of streetcars, it seems to be even more powerful when thinking...



Why You Should Give to OAC on Giving Tuesday

The OAC envisions a world where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect – a world free of weight bias. The season of giving is here and as you may have noticed, today is a particularly big day for nonprofit organizations across the globe – Giving Tuesday. On...



Why “This is Us” is Us

We live in a world where is it is not unusual for the darkness of weight bias, weight stigma and fat shaming to cast its dreary shadow over our lives. This is an unfortunate truth that those of us that have been affected by obesity face. When it comes...



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