Obesity Action Alert- September 2017

YWM2017- Educates, Advocates and Celebrates Health! 

New Orleans was host to the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) 6th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention. The OAC welcomed upwards of 550 registrants to YWM2017, providing individuals eager to learn more about weight management strategies the opportunity to learn from the country’s foremost experts on weight, health, nutrition, weight bias and more. More than 50 educational topics were presented at YWM2017 by the industry’s leading thought leaders, including Scott Kahan, MD, MPH; Robert Kushner, MD; Christopher Gardner, PhD; Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD, LDN; and many others.

In its sixth year, YWM2017 fortified a strong and passionate community of individuals ready to take the next step and engage in their health, with each other and most importantly – the OAC Community. With more than 35 states and three countries represented, YWM2017 proved to have a global reach encouraging science-based education on weight and health, activism, support, engagement and much more.

YWM2017 also gave attendees a first-look at the OAC’s emerging Membership Community, designed to connect anyone with a passion and interest in helping to drive change in obesity. Throughout the Convention, attendees had the unique opportunity to take part in new ENGAGE! sessions where they learned more about the OAC Community and most importantly, they learned from each other by sharing their personal journeys with obesity.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-kind experience and education, and join us for the 7th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention that will take place in Denver at the Marriott City Center on July 19-22, 2018. Click here to learn more.

For a complete recap of the 2017 Your Weight Matters National Convention, including pictures, attendee experiences, educational sessions and more, we encourage you to view our collection of digital memories by visiting: www.Storify.com/ObesityAction

OAC Participates in Dietary Supplement Roundtable

In early August, Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO, joined other leaders to take part in setting a higher quality and safety of dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplement Quality Collaborative (DSQC) was attended by people from the supplement industry with consumer advocates, health professionals and scientific organizations. The goal of this collaboration is to overcome the problem of poor dietary supplements that can harm consumers and the reputation of the industry.

“For me, one of the things I’d like to emphasize that the quality of dietary supplements is hugely important to our members who have had bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery patients don’t take supplements by choice, they take them out of necessity. Therefore, the quality of such supplements is of the utmost importance,” said OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski.

The DSQC is an ambitious collaboration with a goal to ensure the higher quality and safety of dietary supplements for everyone. Click here if you would like to visit the DSQC web site.

OAC Takes Part in Health and Human Services’ Meeting

Pictured left to right, Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant, Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO

On August 17, OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski and Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA joined other leaders from the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) in a meeting with Demetrios Kouzoukas, Principal Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare in the office of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary Tom Price.

This was the first meeting between the new Trump Administration and the obesity community, which focused on key OCC priorities such as healthcare reform and the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) and National Obesity Care Week (NOCW). Specifically, OCC members talked about access to obesity counseling, medications and bariatric surgery including information on the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. HHS staff spent nearly an hour with OCC leaders learning about the significant treatment gaps that remain for millions of Americans affected by obesity.

Prior to the HHS meeting, OCC leaders talked healthcare reform with the majority staff of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which is holding public hearings on healthcare reform early this month, and also strategized with staff with Senators Carper (D-DE) and Capito (R-WV) about Senate passage of the congressional NOCW resolution.

“We were extremely pleased with the attention and interest that Secretary Price’s staff brought to the meeting and are hopeful that this is the beginning of a constructive dialogue between the obesity community and the Trump Administration over obesity treatment issues,” said OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski.

If you would like to learn more or urge your elected officials to support TROA, please click here.

OAC Encourages Misguided ‘Real Time’ Host Bill Maher to Recognize Shaming People with Obesity Isn’t Acceptable

weight bias chalkboard photoThe OAC is cautioning comedian Bill Maher to recognize that obesity is a serious health issue and not leverage weight bias, in any situation, as a tactic to encourage healthy behaviors. During the August 18th episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, Mr. Maher used obesity as a focal point for his show’s ending monologue “New Rules.” In the course of discussing the health issue, he repeatedly made weight biased comments regarding the disease such as, “Obesity is the main reason people wear sweatpants in public” and “Among the shaming police, your body is perfect just the way it is – prone, on a gurney.”

“Mr. Maher’s comments only further perpetuate the weight bias and stigma all too often associated with obesity. While we recognize that Mr. Maher was attempting to have a serious discussion about obesity, he also needs to recognize that it’s a very complicated problem with no easy solution,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

Obesity is a serious disease and national health crisis affecting more than 93 million Americans nationwide. It also is associated with a myriad of obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, some cancers, GERD, heart disease, arthritis, and more. If you think that you have experienced weight bias, please click here to report it.

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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