Obesity Action Coalition Releases “Understanding Obesity” Series

For Immediate Release
December 27, 2006

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

Tampa , FL – The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is excited to announce the release of its “Understanding Obesity” series. The “Understanding Obesity” series is comprised of three brochures, titled “Understanding Obesity,” “Understanding Childhood Obesity” and “Understanding Morbid Obesity,” and two 18×24 full color posters. The brochures each separately provide an in-depth look at obesity, morbid obesity and childhood obesity. In addition, they detail the different classifications of obesity, who is affected, health risks, causes, treatment options and much more.

The “Understanding Obesity” poster compliments the brochure and features quick facts about obesity and its health risks. It offers readers a body mass index (BMI) chart to calculate their BMI and determine if they are underweight, normal weight, overweight, obese or morbidly obese. The “Understanding Childhood Obesity” poster briefly explains childhood obesity, its causes and treatment options. In addition, it features a colorful boys and girls Weight-for-Age chart to determine a child’s weight percentile range and category.

“The ‘Understanding Obesity’ series is a first of its kind. The OAC realized there was a lack of basic information about obesity and developed this series to fill that void. This series is an excellent tool for people wanting to have a better overall understanding of obesity, morbid obesity and childhood obesity and highlights the daily struggles of living with this disease, such as diminished quality of life, the impact of stigma and discrimination, the lack of the ability for individuals to access safe and effective care and much more. It is our hope that the series will bring attention to this disease and help educate the public about the effects of obesity,” said Joseph Nadglowski, Jr., OAC President and CEO.

The “Understanding Obesity” series is an excellent resource for the general public, healthcare professionals, schools, community centers, fitness centers and others seeking more information on this disease.

The “Understanding Obesity” series is available free of charge. To request free copies, please visit www.obesityaction.org or contact the National Office at (800) 717-3117 or info@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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