Empowering Yourself to Talk to Your Provider about Stigma

My previous posts (Post 1 & Post 2) explained how obesity stigma appears in healthcare, even for children, and how to prepare to talk to your child’s doctor about weight. One of the next things to consider is how to talk to your child’s providers about weight stigma. Patients...



Preparing for the Discussion of Weight with Your Child’s Healthcare Provider

My last post talked about how doctors often stigmatize patients based on their weight. Whether or not your child is affected by obesity, you should be prepared to discuss weight, activity and nutrition when you visit your child’s doctor. It is difficult for parents to look at a child...



YWM2014 – September 25 – 28, 2014 – Orlando, FL

The OAC’s 3rd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention is less than two months away, and the OAC staff is counting down the days until we see some familiar faces and many new faces joining us for what promises to be the best YWM Convention yet! There are many...



Stigma in Children’s Healthcare

I was talking with one of my public health students, the mother of an eight-year-old, when she told me that she was worried about taking her little girl to the doctor. She was embarrassed because she knew the doctor was going to tell her that her child was “overweight.”...



Convention Scholarship Program

The Obesity Action Coalition’s decision to take on the Your Weight Matters Convention to give our members an in-person, top-notch education experience is one of the greatest endeavors I have ever had the pleasure of being involved. It was a few days into my tenure on the National Board...



Get to Know Us

Thank you to all of you who viewed each of our Get to Know Us blog entries. The OAC National Board of Directors and staff greatly enjoyed the chance to give you an inside-look at how we all became involved with the OAC and share some personal moments as...



Get to Know Us – Tracy Martinez, RN, BSN, CBN

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? I learned about the OAC when I was introduced to Joe as the new CEO. I knew he would do great things with the coalition. There is no other society of its kind, and the need for all affected is...



Get to Know Us – Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? In 2005, I was just beginning my professional journey into the world of bariatrics. I was at my first meeting of our professional bariatric society, milling through the vendor expo, collecting information from a zillion resources, including the OAC. I...



Get to Know Us – Joe Nadglowski

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? So I’ve had the privilege of being at the OAC since nearly the very beginning. It was the three people (Robin Blackstone, MD; Chris Still, DO; and Georgeann Mallory, RD) who heard a legislator say that a patient advocacy organization...



Get to Know Us – Lloyd Stegemann, MD, FASMBS

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? I became involved with the OAC through my friend and fellow Board Member Dr. Jacqueline Jacques. Dr. Jacques told me about this “fabulous” group she was involved with that was going to “make a real impact” in the obesity arena....



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