Newly Formed Non-Profit Patient Organization Developed for Obese Patients

For Immediate Release
July 5, 2005

For More Information:
James Zervios
Director of Communications
(800) 717-3117
jzervios@obesityaction.org

Tampa , FL – The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a newly formed independent non-profit organization, is designed to educate and advocate on behalf of those living with or affected by obesity. The mission of the OAC is to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support.

Obesity impacts one in four Americans. It is estimated that more than 93 million Americans are obese, with that number predicted to rise to 120 million in the next five years. “The numbers affected by obesity are staggering. As such, the OAC will work to focus national attention on obesity as a disease, its treatments and impact on society. We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to address a disease affecting millions of people,” said President and CEO Joseph Nadglowski, Jr.

The OAC aims to educate patients, family members and the public on obesity and morbid obesity. In addition, the OAC will increase obesity education, work to improve access to medical treatments for obese patients, advocate for safe and effective treatments and strive to eliminate the negative stigma associated with all types of obesity.

By building a coalition of members ranging from patients and their family members to healthcare professionals, the OAC and its members will focus national attention on obesity; organize all those concerned as advocates for action, advances and change; and visibly effect and impact the healthcare community and the public.

For more information on the OAC or to request a membership brochure, please contact the National office at (800) 717-3117 or info@obesityaction.org. An electronic version of our membership brochure is available online at www.obesityaction.org.

About the OAC
The OAC is a nonprofit National charity dedicated to helping those affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools.



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