Measure Your Bias

Let’s talk about weight bias and discrimination. I’ll start. I’ve been fat, I’ve been thin, I’ve cared for patients and counseled friends with obesity, I’ve provided educational sessions to healthcare providers and public health students on managing weight bias. And yet, there are those times when I fail to...



Weight Bias – What can we do?

Weight bias is everywhere and manifests itself in both obvious and subtle ways. Not surprisingly, even for those of us committed to fighting it, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss about what to do when we see it and perhaps even more confounding, what to do we do...



Charging by the Pound

Warning: Sarcasm ahead - A recent news article was sent to me today that discussed a Samoan airline, which will now charge passengers by the pound. The article, titled “A Samoan Airline Now Charges Passengers by Body Weight,” discusses how Samoa Air will now charge its passengers based on body...



Changing Perception with the OAC Mission: One Mind at a Time

As I reflect on my time spent representing the OAC at various conferences, meetings and in other public forums, I feel many different emotions: The joy of seeing people’s eyes light up when they learn that we are truly here for them to help them find a better, healthier...



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...



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