Why I Give to the OAC — and Why Others Should As Well

I am often asked why I became a bariatric nurse, and I always remember with clarity how I fell in love with my specialty. I was in a new position as a PACU (recovery room) nurse, and part of my responsibility was to conduct pre-operation visits with patients who...



Research Roundup: What We Learned at ObesityWeek 2015 – Part 4

ObesityWeek is an event that brings the leading experts in the field of obesity together to share their innovations and breakthroughs in their work. This educational experience provides an opportunity to ignite numerous conversations and ideas about the disease of obesity, and many discoveries are shared throughout the week-long...



Research Roundup: What We Learned at ObesityWeek 2015 – Part 3

ObesityWeek is an event that brings the leading experts in the field of obesity together to share their innovations and breakthroughs in their work. This educational experience provides an opportunity to ignite numerous conversations and ideas about the disease of obesity, and many discoveries are shared throughout the week-long...



How You can Get involved with National Obesity Care Week as a Member of the OAC

OAC Director of Development and Engagement Initiatives, Lindsay McGhay National Obesity Care Week is changing the way healthcare providers treat obesity, and it would not be a complete effort without the most important piece — the patients who they are treating. The OAC is a partner in this pioneer...



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,...



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...



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