Help the OAC Fight Weight Bias

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is asking for your help in attaining its 2017 commitment to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to educate the public about weight bias. There are those who think “this isn’t a big deal” or “I am not biased” and any number of things...



Six Ways to End Weight Bias

Obesity is a harsh chronic disease made worse by even harsher bias against people who have it. Parents, teachers, and peers make life miserable for kids growing up with obesity. Employers discriminate in hiring, pay, and promotion. Health plans and providers limit access to care that’s needed to overcome...



A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” This statement was originally said by Fred R. Barnard, and was actually stated as, “A picture is worth ten thousand words.” Although originally stated in reference to ads on the side of streetcars, it seems to be even more powerful when thinking...



Why You Should Give to OAC on Giving Tuesday

The OAC envisions a world where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect – a world free of weight bias. The season of giving is here and as you may have noticed, today is a particularly big day for nonprofit organizations across the globe – Giving Tuesday. On...



Why “This is Us” is Us

We live in a world where is it is not unusual for the darkness of weight bias, weight stigma and fat shaming to cast its dreary shadow over our lives. This is an unfortunate truth that those of us that have been affected by obesity face. When it comes...



Common Barriers to Maintaining Your Weight-loss After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a great tool which gives you a powerful leg up in the weight-loss game. However, it’s not a quick fix. You see – even post-surgery, you’re at risk for some weight regain. In fact, recent research has indicated that, depending on your initial BMI, you could...



My Experience as a Your Weight Matters Convention Scholarship Recipient

As a Your Weight Matters Convention scholarship recipient, I was extremely excited to attend the Convention in Orlando, FL and receive the opportunity to learn more about healthy weight, mindful choices and fun exercise. The reason I applied for a scholarship to the Convention was because I am a...



Give2OAC: Support the OAC’s Advocacy Efforts

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has worked on a number of efforts this year to improve access to the treatments of obesity. We’ve conducted hundreds of legislative visits across the country, both in Washington, DC and at the state capitol level. These primarily have revolved around improving coverage under...



Why Giving to the OAC is Something I Must Do

I was raised, in part, by my grandfather, who was a very strict Catholic. He went to church many times a week, prayed all the time and never ate meat on Fridays. I learned a lot from him. His philosophy was that he was put here to be an...



Why I Give – OAC Members Give Back by Spreading the Word on Weight Bias and Stigma

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) tackles numerous issues in the field of obesity, and one of these issues is weight bias and stigma. Weight stigma plays a role in everyday life, and remains a socially acceptable form of prejudice in American society that is rarely challenged. To combat this,...



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