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...



Creating the OAC Image Gallery: The Story Behind the Camera

In our latest blog post, we introduced the very beginning of the OAC’s image gallery that was launched just last month! By providing a non-commercial, bias-free collection of stock photos featuring individuals with obesity in a positive light, the project aims to reduce weight bias and change the perception...



OAC Launches Image Gallery to Reduce Weight Bias!

At our 5th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention just last August, OAC Chairwoman Amber-Huett Garcia addressed the audience about our five year goals to guide the organization through the year 2021. One of those goals – developed out of a need that often goes overlooked in mainstream society –...



Why It’s Time to Stand Up to Charles Barkley’s Fat-shaming and Weight Bias

Editor’s Note: Last week, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) was alerted by a dedicated OAC member, Abby Lentz, to a weight bias issue in the media. In 2015, the OAC spoke out against NBA analyst Charles Barkley, and he has once again targeted women in the San Antonio area...



Isn’t it Time We Refocus Obesity?

People with obesity face stigma on a daily basis. From the doctor’s office to the workplace, people with obesity are constantly bombarded with weight bias. But, there is another form of weight bias that is right in front of our faces on daily basis, and yet, most of us...



How Weight Bias Impacts a Patient with Obesity’s Medical Care

by Sean Phelan, PhD Obesity is one of the most strongly and regularly stigmatized conditions. With the exception of a handful of other important studies, we have little knowledge of how that stigma affects the quality of medical care that patients with obesity receive. In our paper, the “Impact...



The Cascade Effect: How Weight Bias Impacts the Stress on Future Healthcare Professionals While in Medical School

Medical school is an extremely stressful time for its students.  They juggle impossible schedules, complex learning material and demanding faculty and residents — with little sleep and little opportunity for a life outside of medical school.  These factors contribute to high levels of student burnout, depression, anxiety, substance use,...



Lead by Example: How Role Models in the Medical Field Shape Weight Bias

As obesity continues to rise in the U.S., the presence of weight bias and stigma become a growing concern for not only the individuals experiencing it, but the healthcare professionals trying to treat their patients. Identifying why weight bias occurs is an important factor in putting an end to...



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