Creating Access to Obesity Care: How the OAC is Making an Impact

National Obesity Care Week is this year, but the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) fight to improve access to care for obesity has been constant for the last 10 years. Four of the OAC’s major focuses during this fight are: Making it okay to ask for help    Unfortunately, too...



The Final Frontier: Access to Care

The field of obesity medicine has grown greatly over the last decade. While we still have much to learn, our understanding of the biochemistry, physiology and behaviors that lead individuals to gaining weight has never been clearer. With these discoveries, new therapies have emerged to help individuals take control...



The Growing Pains of Obesity Care

You can already find lots of talk about obesity everywhere you turn. So why is it so important to start a conversation about obesity care with National Obesity Care Week? The problem is that all that talk really isn’t helping because it’s so focused on a symptom of obesity...



OAC Celebrates Inaugural National Obesity Care Week

For as long as she can remember, OAC Board Member Michelle Vicari was the “chubby girl.” She was always the biggest kid in her class—an overweight teen who gained even more during college. ­ But today, she has lost 158 pounds and is off the assortment of medications she...



Wearing Weight Bias

Why fat-shaming Halloween costumes are still around — and why they shouldn’t be Halloween costume “Anna Rexia,” Source: Refinery29.com Weight stigma comes in many forms, and a new costume promoting an eating disorder has brought attention to this issue. A popular topic of discussion this week has been a...



Food As Medicine

There was well over 4.5 trillion prescriptions filled in the United States alone in 2014, an increase from 3.9 billion in 2010 according to the IMS Health Institute. A second mass study done in 2010 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that as children aged,...



Food and Disease

Did you know that you can influence your susceptibility to certain diseases with the very next bite of food you take? Most people know the importance of a well-balanced diet and its role in sustaining our health, energy levels, immunity, and overall functioning of the body, but to what...



How Food Builds the Body

The human body is made up of over 25 trillion cells. Similar to human life, individual cells are created — designed to accomplish a particular purpose in the body — and once their mission is complete, the cell dies. Every day, the body is at work to remove old,...



Fat-shaming – The Arguments Simply Do Not Work

The fight to end fat-shaming always seems to be instantly met with resistance. Just last week, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) took on a high-profile issue with the “Dr. Ken” show, starring real life doctor Ken Jeong. Within minutes of TMZ reporting the story, comments such as this began...



Take Action and Make a Difference!

As we bid adieu to August and welcome September with open arms, it brings us to the realization that “Convention season” really has come to a close for 2015. The anticipation leading up to YWM2015 was palpable, and each attendee left San Antonio with a renewed sense of excitement,...



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