Strategies for Celebrations — Holidays, Eating out and Vacations

We enjoy and look forward to the fun times in our lives – parties, celebrations, family gatherings, holidays, vacations, restaurant eating and so on. We need these times! If our lives were all work and no play, we’d feel bored and we’d enjoy our lives a whole lot less....



When Eating Becomes Contagious

Did you know that if your friends make unhealthy food choices, you’re more likely to do so as well? This works in the opposite direction too — if you happen to have health-oriented friends, you’re more likely to make healthier choices as well. In fact, research has shown that...



When Your Significant Other is Not Onboard

It’s hard to see a loved one not taking care of themselves – especially if their health is suffering. It’s natural to want them to get with the program, but as much as you love each other, your needs may be different. You may simply be at different places...



On Why We Need to Ban the F Word

Take a look around you, and I would be willing to bet money that if you really looked closely enough, you’d see some sort of fat-shaming every single day. It’s sadly something that has become second-nature in our society. Despite the fact that I work for a patient advocacy...



The Future of the OAC is YOU – Stand with Us!

It’s been a very exciting month for us at the OAC as we have been reflecting on the past 10 years, and celebrating the growth of the organization. In planning for our 10 year anniversary, it was extremely important to us that we bring it back to those who...



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...



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