Get to Know Us – Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA
10 Questions with Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, OAC Chairman
1. How did you become involved with the OAC?
I met Joe Nadglowski and Kristy Kuna in 2007 in Philadelphia. I was amazed at what Joe, Kristy, and James had been able to accomplish in just the first two years of the OAC. So when I learned that the OAC board might have room for me to become a member, I applied and began serving in late 2008.
2. Have you personally dealt with obesity, and if so, how has it impacted your life?
I have been living on the edge of obesity now for more than 15 years. I was fortunate to work on policy and innovation for GSK in weight management. This gave me the chance to get to know some of the world’s smartest and most caring experts and professionals in obesity medicine. I’ve taken Allī (orlistat), in addition to paying attention to what I eat, how I sleep, and staying active through hiking, biking, and walking. I have no miracle weight-loss to proclaim, but I have managed to stop the progression to an ever higher weight, and reverse a bit of the gains that work, travel, and stress had brought my way.
3. What is your favorite part about being Chairman of the OAC?
I have two favorites. Selfishly, I really enjoy the pure gifts of encouragement that come to me from people who care about the work of the OAC. I also get great satisfaction from contributing to the essential work that the OAC does. Without OAC giving voice to the concerns of people affected by obesity, none of the progress we have seen in recent years would have been possible.
4. Why is the OAC valuable in advocating for obesity awareness?
Until the OAC came to the table of health policy making, much of the discussions about obesity completely discounted the human impact of this condition on the people it affects. Everything was couched in terms of prevention. People with obesity were invisible to policymakers – and the policies they made reflected an appalling disregard for us. OAC has changed this dynamic, but more work remains to be done.
5. What is one goal that you want to accomplish as Chairman?
I want to make measurable progress to reduce the prevalence and impact of weight bias because it is the major obstacle to progress in obesity.
6. What is your favorite film?
I really enjoyed Dallas Buyers Club because I worked on HIV and AIDS in the time depicted by the film.
7. What is your fondest memory from this past year?
It’s a collection of memories from getting my youngest son moved into his new home in Knoxville, Tenn., where he now works as a graduate student and teaching assistant in experimental psychology. I’m very proud of all three of my sons who have found very satisfying work for themselves.
8. If you could’ve had any career other than your current one, what would it have been?
I have been so privileged to do interesting work with some brilliant people, that I can’t imagine doing anything else.
9. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I enjoy traveling with my wife, Sara, to New York and Europe – especially Germany and Scotland.
10. What is your most prized possession?
My good health. But Sara might say that it’s my glowing rectangles that I prize most.
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