Measure Your Bias

Let’s talk about weight bias and discrimination. I’ll start. I’ve been fat, I’ve been thin, I’ve cared for patients and counseled friends with obesity, I’ve provided educational sessions to healthcare providers and public health students on managing weight bias. And yet, there are those times when I fail to...



Weight Bias – What can we do?

Weight bias is everywhere and manifests itself in both obvious and subtle ways. Not surprisingly, even for those of us committed to fighting it, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss about what to do when we see it and perhaps even more confounding, what to do we do...



The Conversation of Weight – It’s Important

Throughout the past few weeks, the OAC has released two new programs designed to help facilitate the conversation of weight between an individual and their healthcare provider: Your Weight Matters Campaign “Excess Weight and Your Health – A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight-loss” DVD & Guidebook Far too often...



Charging by the Pound

Warning: Sarcasm ahead - A recent news article was sent to me today that discussed a Samoan airline, which will now charge passengers by the pound. The article, titled “A Samoan Airline Now Charges Passengers by Body Weight,” discusses how Samoa Air will now charge its passengers based on body...



YWM Convention: Uniting the OAC Family

As we prepare to launch the registration for the 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention, I want to take a moment to reflect on last year’s inaugural Convention and what made it such a unique, groundbreaking, monumental event in my mind. I could talk about the unbiased, evidence-based...



Inaugural YWM Convention: Exceeding Expectations in Every Area

Last year at this time, your OAC Board was nervously planning the inaugural YWM convention and wondering – “Will anyone attend?” “Will anyone ‘invest’ in attending our first time event?” “How will the attendees like our agenda?” “Will the speakers be able to meet the challenging needs of our...



Join Me in AZ!

On Monday, the OAC Your Weight Matters Convention registration will open and I can’t wait. Last year, was the very first convention and it went beyond all my expectations. The speakers and presenters were some of the best in their field and shared all the latest information and research...



One Person Can Make a Difference

On this site, we speak often of advocacy. We ask you to be an advocate, we train you to be an advocate, we provide opportunities for you to be an advocate, but I bet the majority of you are sitting home reading this and first thinking….”another advocacy blog? Ugh.”...



Changing Perception with the OAC Mission: One Mind at a Time

As I reflect on my time spent representing the OAC at various conferences, meetings and in other public forums, I feel many different emotions: The joy of seeing people’s eyes light up when they learn that we are truly here for them to help them find a better, healthier...



Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to our OAC Family! Today is a day for us to reflect on the love, compassion and care that we create as one unified voice. Without all of you, our members, showing us your love and support, we would not be the strong voice that we...



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