The OAC — the Spark for Change

It’s remarkable to think about everything that has changed in the first decade since the Obesity Action Coalition was founded in President and CEO Joe Nadglowski’s spare bedroom. In 2005, there was no organized voice for people affected by obesity. People were so stigmatized by this chronic disease that...



The Beginning of the OAC

In planning for our 10th Anniversary celebration, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the Obesity Action Coalition’s early days. It is truly remarkable to see how the OAC has grown. The story of our beginning is definitely worth retelling as it set the foundation for what the OAC is...



Special Considerations Post-Baby if You are Affected by Excess Weight

Special Considerations Post-Baby if You are Affected by Excess Weight by Nicole Avena, PhD  Unfortunately, giving birth does not mean you will magically have the same stomach you had before you got pregnant. However, before jumping right into an exercise and diet routine to return to pre-baby status, take...



8 Foods You Should Eat while Pregnant

8 Foods You Should Eat while Pregnant by Nicole Avena, PhD  There are many key nutritional needs during pregnancy, which can make it difficult to know if you are getting enough of each nutrient. Even when you’re not pregnant, eating a well-balanced, varied diet can sometimes be harder than...



Obesity and Pregnancy

Obesity and Pregnancy by Nicole Avena, PhD  We have known for quite some time now that maternal weight can have drastic effects on the health outcomes of a child. But what about how your weight affects your ability to get pregnant, and once you get pregnant, how do you...



Blinded by the Light – Is Obesity Over-Exposed in the Media?

Blinded by the Light – Is Obesity Over-exposed in the Media? by Tammy Farrell CPC, CPA, CFE Overweight. Bias. Stigma. Exercise. BMI. Personal responsibility. Disease. Fat. Body Mass Index. Calories. Bullying. Activity. Fat-shaming. Morbidity. Obesity. Obesity. Obesity. Have you had enough? Has America? Has the world? Are we DONE...



Surreal Ways to Subside Obesity at Work

by Aby League It is a waste of time asking office workers if they hit the gym or exercise at home. Expect most of them to answer: “I don’t have the time.” In case you don’t know yet (or refused to know), there are ways on how to become...



Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

by Lizabeth Wesely-Casella Binge eating disorder (B.E.D.) is first and foremost a mental health issue. It is treatable using various therapies and modalities and recently a medication has come to market to add another tool to the toolbox. But make no mistake, even with these options, B.E.D. is not easy...



Weight Bias and its Role in Binge Eating Disorder Experience

by Lizabeth Wesely-Casella One of the cultural intersections people with obesity have with many in the binge eating disorder (BED) community is the painful, often traumatic, experience of people acting on weight bias. For those in large bodies, comments, jokes, exclusion, discrimination, humiliation, and even violence are not unusual occurrences...



What is Binge Eating Disorder?

by Lizabeth Wesely-Casella Size Diversity within BED Population Binge eating disorder (BED) is a mental health issue that affects, at a minimum, 9 million Americans though that number is expected to rise significantly as people who have been un-diagnosed, or misdiagnosed, get the proper treatment they require. BED effects men...




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