What’s Coming in 2013

In December, we took a look back at the activities and accomplishments of the OAC and our members during 2012.  Now as we start a new year, I thought I would share some of OAC’s plans moving forward into 2013 as well as some of the opportunities and challenges...



People First: Remove the Word “Obese” from Your Dictionary

Going straight to the conclusion, I want you to remove the word obese from your dictionary. Click here for the directions to do it in Microsoft Office. Have you ever noticed that when people talk about health conditions or disabilities, they usually talk about the people separate from the...



Coke and Anti-obesity Ads

As I am sure most of you have seen this week, the media has been highlighting Coca Cola’s new anti-obesity ads. These ads highlight a variety of things, such as Coke’s “140 Calorie” pitch, activity and more. To view one of Coke’s ads, click here. I don’t think there’s...



Voices Coming Together – In-person!

In thinking about the success of the OAC in 2012, we must highlight the Inaugural Your Weight Matters Convention. Though a recent success, the framework for the Convention has really been building for the past seven and a half years. But, 2012 was THE year that this dream of...



Making Friends and Connecting People – OAC Partnerships

OAC recognizes that creating a world where those who are affected by obesity are viewed with compassion, granted access to treatment when needed and desired, and live in an environment free from stigma and discrimination is a long and arduous battle that we cannot fight alone.  Partnering with like-minded...



NEW 2-WEEK BLOG SERIES:

Taking a Look back – Why Every Voice MUST be Heard As we reach the final days of 2012 and prepare to bring in a new year, it is natural to reflect upon the events and successes of the past year. Here at the OAC, we celebrate the end...



Controversies in Obesity – Ban or Educate

(Please note: The opinions expressed in this blog post are not those of the OAC and its leadership. The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the author.) This past week I attended The Obesity Society’s (TOS) annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. For those of...



24 Hours in Dallas, Texas

This past week my co-workers and I had the pleasure of visiting the Your Weight Matters Inaugural Convention host hotel – the Hilton Anatole. Let me start off by saying that I’ve traveled to quite a few places for the OAC throughout the past seven years and this property...



Why Applaud the FDA for Their Recent Obesity Drug Approvals?

This week marked the second time in less than a month that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medication to treat obesity. Before these recent approvals, the last time the FDA approved a drug for obesity was more than 13 years ago. Recently, the OAC has...



Don’t Ask, Don’t Care

So, with headlines blaring about increasing costs associated with obesity and the ever growing obesity rate, I often ask myself, “Are we finally reaching the point, as a nation, when we are going to take the obesity epidemic seriously?”  I see encouraging signs that we are beginning to move...



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