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...



Where’s my sense of humor?

Being the spokesperson for an organization has always been one of the most exciting parts of my career. I truly do care about the cause of obesity and take pride in speaking on behalf of the OAC. With that said, I am always skeptical of on-air interviews, as you...



Weight Bullying: Why no uproar?

Two days ago I attended a truly shocking session at the Weight of the Nation meetings by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that highlighted bias issues and one presentation highlighted bullying. The session focused on the numerous studies that show weight is likely the leading cause of bullying...



Pundits and Their Misguided Messages

A perfect example of a pundit claiming their approach is better than any other raised its ugly head yesterday. In a Forbes.com piece here, author Melanie Haiken highlighted what she thought were the five deadliest diet trends. I don’t disagree with four of her five entries but entry number...



Self-responsibility is Not Exclusive to Obesity

Opening my Web browser today, I instantly saw three different news stories talking about obesity. Story #1 talked about “obesity and autism,” story #2 talked about “obesity and foot disorders” and story #3 talked about “obesity and diabetes.” Three different obesity-related stories on one Web site, in just one...



Tackling Bias Respectfully

In my opinion, one of the most difficult aspects of living with obesity is the bias and stigma often faced on a nearly daily basis. In fact, for many, the constant “shame and blame” that comes with obesity often impacts one’s quality of life more than the health impacts...



Weight Bias – Why is it ok?

My name is James Zervios and I am the Director of Communications for the OAC. Working for the OAC since its inception in 2005 has been a blessing in my life as it has given me the opportunity to meet some incredible, intelligent people – people of all shapes...



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