Here’s Why OAC Matters – A Lot

I got an email from a close friend today that reminded me why OAC matters so much. He saw an article I wrote for a church newsletter that delivered some of OAC’s key messages about weight bias and here is what he said. “I really appreciated your article. Among...



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...



Stop Sharing and Start Caring

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a “techy” guy. I like technology and I even like it when it doesn’t work because I like figuring out why it isn’t working. There is one thing about technology that I do not like though – the lack of...



Walk in Our Shoes

I would like to take a moment today and respond to a recent New York Times article, titled “Our Absurd Fear of Fat,” written by Paul Campos. Earlier this week, a meta-analysis (combination of several studies) was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The analysis reviewed...



Weight Bias – The Voices that are Not Always Heard

As the beginning of my second term as chairman of the OAC quickly approaches, I cannot help but reflect on this past year and our successes. One of the main goals of the OAC and my personal passion is to change the public perception of the disease of obesity...



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...



National Bullying Prevention Month

I bet every one of you reading this knows a bully. I’m pretty sure each of you probably either experienced bullying first hand as a child or adolescent or you were witness to bullying behaviors in others. You may have even been the bully, but let’s hope not.  This...



Weight Bias in Healthcare

When we’re sick, we go to the doctor. When we need medical assistance, we go to the doctor. When we’re concerned about our weight, we go to the doctor, but they won’t treat us – wait, what did I just say? You read that correctly. At least that’s what...



Big in the USA

Our documentary exposes the paradox between weight and the media. We look at how obesity is treated in this country, the bombarding nature of fast food commercials and then we expose their contradictory nature as advertisements for diet pills and work out plans are intended to fill us with...



People Are Not Their Disease

I spent many weeks in the hospital recently due to my father’s lengthy illness. Although the hospital is familiar to me as a nurse, it’s quite different when you have hours to observe the surroundings and interactions as a visitor. Six times in three weeks, I heard visitors and...



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