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...



Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and National Obesity Care Week 2016 Are “Taking 5″ for the Way We Care!

Today, more than a third of the adult population, 36.5 percent, is affected by obesity, and the number of adults who are affected by severe obesity continues to rise. It’s time for a change in obesity care! With severe obesity on the rise, our nation, lead by the healthcare...



Is Bariatric Surgery for Me? Ask Yourself these Questions

Disclaimer:  It is important to talk with your healthcare provider before making or starting any treatment decision.  This blog post does not reflect the views of the OAC, the National Board of Directors or staff. Information contained in this blog post is not based on scientific research and has not been...



Common Barriers to Maintaining Your Weight-loss After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a great tool which gives you a powerful leg up in the weight-loss game. However, it’s not a quick fix. You see – even post-surgery, you’re at risk for some weight regain. In fact, recent research has indicated that, depending on your initial BMI, you could...



Creating the OAC Image Gallery: The Story Behind the Camera

In our latest blog post, we introduced the very beginning of the OAC’s image gallery that was launched just last month! By providing a non-commercial, bias-free collection of stock photos featuring individuals with obesity in a positive light, the project aims to reduce weight bias and change the perception...



OAC Launches Image Gallery to Reduce Weight Bias!

At our 5th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention just last August, OAC Chairwoman Amber-Huett Garcia addressed the audience about our five year goals to guide the organization through the year 2021. One of those goals – developed out of a need that often goes overlooked in mainstream society –...



Your Support Does Matter – One OAC Member Goes Above and Beyond

As a non-profit patient-centered organization, our membership plays a huge role in the successes of the OAC. Our members are truly making a difference in helping the OAC move forward and grow. That’s why we are excited to share the triumphs and contributions of our valued and passionate members!...



My Experience as a Your Weight Matters Convention Scholarship Recipient

As a Your Weight Matters Convention scholarship recipient, I was extremely excited to attend the Convention in Orlando, FL and receive the opportunity to learn more about healthy weight, mindful choices and fun exercise. The reason I applied for a scholarship to the Convention was because I am a...



Why It’s Time to Stand Up to Charles Barkley’s Fat-shaming and Weight Bias

Editor’s Note: Last week, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) was alerted by a dedicated OAC member, Abby Lentz, to a weight bias issue in the media. In 2015, the OAC spoke out against NBA analyst Charles Barkley, and he has once again targeted women in the San Antonio area...



The OAC’s Convention Scholarship Fund: A Dream Becomes a Reality

A longtime dream for the OAC became a reality in 2012 when we hosted the organization’s Inaugural Your Weight Matters National Convention in Dallas, Texas. A meeting that was truly the first of its kind, the OAC’s Convention has grown to be the leading patient educational event that brings...



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