Emotional Changes after Bariatric Surgery

You’ve had bariatric surgery. Your next steps were given to you by your surgeon/nutritionist/dietitian and/or bariatrician. You are eating according to plan, exercising regularly and taking action. The next piece is the one that most people don’t discuss: the emotional changes that occur as a result of physical changes....



“Coming to the Your Weight Matters National Convention is Like Coming Home…”

Written by Debera Gau, OAC/Convention Welcoming Committee Member The atomic clock on the OAC’s Your Weight Matters National Convention Web site is showing 75 days until YWM2017, and it is a reminder of how quickly time passes. In 75 days, summer will be close to over and as I...



Learning with My Mom as We Shared the YWM Convention Experience Together

Written by Maria Caprigno, OAC/Convention Welcoming Committee Member My name is Maria Caprigno and just last summer, my mom Terrie and I attended the 2016 Your Weight Matters National Convention in Washington, DC. As a long-time member of the OAC, I have been attending Your Weight Matters Conventions for...



“The Your Weight Matters National Convention Opened My Eyes…”

Written by Alana Garrett, OAC Member and YWM2016 Attendee I had been overweight for as long as I could remember, and after trying everything to lose weight, I was exhausted and defeated. I had my daughter Matilda in January 2015, and this made me realize that I owed it...



Weight Bias Task Force: OAC in ACTION

This morning I watched a video making fun of “fatties” shopping in a store and saw a headless, dehumanizing picture of a person with obesity accompanying a weight-loss study. And that was before I even got out of bed! Unfortunately, weight-based bias, stigma and discrimination are everywhere in our...



Healthcare Reform for those Affected by Obesity

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or more commonly known as “Obamacare” was signed into law in 2010, many in the obesity community were hopeful that Obamacare would finally open the door to better patient care for the millions of Americans affected by obesity. Patients would no longer be...



The Your Weight Matters Convention Changed My Life – Will You Join Me in New Orleans for YWM2017?

Do you have one of those moments in your life that seemed to change everything? That one moment where your life took a completely different course? I have a moment like that. A good moment. And I’d like to tell you about it. It was three years ago. I...



How to Talk to a Loved One about Bariatric Surgery

Problems with weight go beyond the one who bears it. Although such a person is the one who is directly impacted by any health problems associated with obesity or excess weight, the immediate family, community and society at large are also affected – albeit indirectly. Diabetes, heart problems and...



House Republicans Kick-off Phase One of GOP Efforts to Repeal and Replace Obamacare – What Does this Mean for You?

On March 7, 2017, House Republicans released the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – phase one of the GOP’s approach for repealing and replacing major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In releasing the AHCA, House Speaker Ryan discussed how healthcare reform would be achieved in three phases:...



Welcome to the Board: Patty Nece, JD

Throughout this past week, we’ve introduced you to our four newest Board Members who have since started their leadership roles serving the OAC. We hope that you have taken this opportunity to get to more about these amazing, passionate individuals who are excited to put their own stamp on...



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