Obesity Action Alert- June 2017
Feature Story: New Research from The Obesity Action Coalition Shows Weight Bias is a Problem in Europe, as Well as in the U.S

The U.S. has been struggling with weight bias for years, and new research shows that it is an issue in Europe. Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, OAC National Board member, provided 2017 European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) attendees with new insights into European views of obesity and those affected by it. From a sample of 34,320 adults in Sweden, UK, Germany and Italy, belief that obesity results from addiction to junk food stands out in all four countries – but is strongest in Italy.

“Fully 70 percent of adults in Italy agree that obesity results because ‘people get hooked on addictive junk food and sugary drinks.’ Half of them say they strongly believe it. In Sweden, 72 percent agree with that idea, but significantly fewer people believe it strongly,” said Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA.

While there is a strong link between the public belief of the presence of obesity and food addiction, scientific majority did not fully line up with this belief. “Many factors contribute to obesity. People may have symptoms linked to food addiction without actually having obesity, and people who have obesity may have no symptoms linked to food addiction,” said Kyle.

The research also showed that weight bias seems to be common throughout Europe. There was a strong belief in Italy that “people with obesity are lazier than most people.” Furthering this global pattern of bias, people in the UK believe more strongly that people with obesity are at fault for their condition. In both Sweden and the UK, beliefs that obesity results from “disgusting” irresponsibility was more common.

“The point of measuring these beliefs is to look for ways to reduce the impact of weight bias. We are grateful for that ongoing support. Both the Obesity Action Coalition and Novo Nordisk are making it possible to track these views throughout time,” said Kyle.

“The OAC finds tremendous value in studying weight bias with our global partners. This research not only demonstrates that bias is a worldwide issue, but it also tells us that there are similar patterns in the bias itself. These findings will help us address weight bias and help those affected by obesity,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

To view the research poster presented at ECO2017 on this topic, please CLICK HERE.

Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) Convention Scholarship Program Celebrates its Matching Gift Partner

The OAC’s Your Weight Matters National Convention, the largest National meeting dedicated to providing science-based strategies for individuals impacted by excess weight and obesity, was proud to have Geisinger Health System  as a Convention Scholarship Program Matching Gift Partner.

The OAC wants to make the Your Weight Matters National Convention a reality for any individual with a desire to learn more about their weight and health. Each year we receive hundreds of applications, and are only able to award a handful of scholarships based on generous public donations. Geisinger’s generous pledge to match every gift dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, will create opportunity for more individuals to receive the gift of education. Geisinger has long supported the OAC, our educational initiatives, and have chosen to take their commitment to our community one step further as the first-ever Matching Gift Partner for the OAC’s Convention Scholarship Program.

The OAC thanks Geisinger Health System for being an innovative partner in supporting our initiatives like the Convention Scholarship Program. If you are interested in learning more about the Your Weight Matters National Convention, please CLICK HERE.

Join the June 7 Webcast Unveiling New Educational Competencies for the Treatment and Prevention of Obesity

Over 1/3 of U.S. adults have obesity, with obesity care costing as much as $210 billion per year, and yet it is not a major focus in the training and education of current and future health care providers. To address this critical gap, educators from over 20 organizations representing a dozen health professions have collaborated to develop the first ever set of interdisciplinary educational competencies for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Join Joe Nadglowski, President and CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition, and other experts from the Bipartisan Center on June 7 as they discuss the improvements for the prevention and treatment of obesity. CLICK HERE to join this groundbreaking webinar on June 7 at 10-11:30 ET.

OAC Welcomes Orexigen Therapeutics®! to the Chairman’s Council!

The OAC is pleased to welcome our newest member to the Chairman’s Council: Orexigen Therapeutics®, Inc. Orexigen Therapeutics® has chosen to support the OAC to the Gold level!

Orexigen Therapeutics is a bio pharmaceutical company and the makers of the drug Contrave®. Orexigen Therapeutics is committed to the treatment of obesity, and we are incredibly grateful and excited to welcome them their support.

The OAC appreciates the wonderful support that we receive from each of our Chairman’s Council members! We welcome any individual, organization or company who has in interest in advancing the cause of obesity to join and make a difference through our OAC Chairman’s Council. To discover more about the benefits and to join the OAC’s highest level of membership, please CLICK HERE.

Support the Cause of Obesity Awareness – Join the OAC Today!

Are you a member of the OAC? The Obesity Action Alert is provided as a free benefit to all of our OAC members and supporters. If you’re looking to support our work and stay tuned to all that the OAC is doing, the best way is to become a member! OAC members receive many benefits – including the members-only e-newsletter, OAC Members Make a Difference, alerts about our weight bias and advocacy activities, a printed yearly subscription to Your Weight Matters Magazine and so much more!

The OAC is the voice for 93 million Americans affected by obesity, and only with the strong support of our membership are we able to make an impact. There is strength in numbers, and by adding your voice to the OAC, you are making a difference to advance the cause of obesity!

To join or renew your membership today, please CLICK HERE.

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