Message in a Bottle: Beware of Post-Operative Alcohol Use

Alcohol use disorders are a common and especially dangerous form of transfer addiction following gastric bypass surgery. In a web-based survey of more-than 300 bariatric surgery patients, it was found that 83 percent of patients who responded consumed alcohol either occasionally or regularly, and 28 percent of these individuals...



Transfer Addiction Following Bariatric Surgery

Addiction transfer, or cross addiction, after bariatric surgery occurs when individuals trade compulsive eating for other compulsive behaviors. There is also strong evidence of a biological reason for cross addiction. Studies show various forms of transfer addiction in up to 30 percent of patients who have had bariatric surgery....



How You Can Volunteer Your Time in Support of the OAC

This week, we’ve shared with you about why it’s important to volunteer for the causes you care about. In addition, we’ve also shared with you about the various work of our OAC volunteers, and how it’s because of their dedication and hard work that we’ve been able to continue...



National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Ava Zebrick

Today we’re happy to share a volunteer who found inspiration in the advocacy work of the OAC and wanted to turn her passion into purpose by becoming an advocate for change! Ava Zebrick is an OAC member who has been involved with the organization since the 3rd Annual Your...



National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Kathy Mitchell

Today we’re happy to share a volunteer who has continuously spread the word about the mission and work of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), and has shown very clearly that everyone’s voice is powerful! Kathy Mitchell is an OAC member who joined the organization in 2008. She had bariatric...



National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Michelle Vicari

Today we’re happy to share with you about a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in various areas here at the OAC. Michelle Vicari is an OAC National Board of Directors Member who also serves as the OAC’s Your Weight Matters National Convention Committee Chair. Ms. Vicari has...



National Volunteer Week: The Importance of Volunteering for the Causes You Care About

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Gandhi Here at the OAC, we dedicate ourselves to serving not only our more than 52,000 supporters, but a much larger number than that — the 93 million Americans who are affected by...



Isn’t it Time We Refocus Obesity?

People with obesity face stigma on a daily basis. From the doctor’s office to the workplace, people with obesity are constantly bombarded with weight bias. But, there is another form of weight bias that is right in front of our faces on daily basis, and yet, most of us...



A Warm Welcome from the YWM2016 Welcoming Committee

by Rob Portinga I was asked why the Your Weight Matters National Convention is important to me, and how the event has made an impact in my life. In some ways, I thought this question was going to be a difficult question to answer. The first part was actually...



YWM2016 United We Stand – Inspiring Health

For the past 10 years, the Obesity Action Coalition has been the voice of those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. A little more than five years ago, the OAC National Board wanted to extend the OAC’s commitment to sharing evidence-based education on weight and health. Through...



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