For Immediate Release
September 6, 2016

For More Information:
James Zervios
OAC VP of Marketing and Communications
(800) 717-3117
jzervios@obesityaction.org

Obesity Action Coalition Launches Bias-free Image Gallery to Help Refocus the Public Perception of Obesity

Tampa, Fla. – The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is excited to announce the launch of its brand new FREE stock image gallery. The OAC Image Gallery was created with one simple goal in mind: providing the public with a set of images free of weight bias or stigma.

“Visual depictions of weight bias are far too common in today’s mass media. The OAC Image Gallery aims to reduce and eradicate the negative portrayal of individuals with obesity by providing better imagery showing individuals with obesity in a variety of settings and activities,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

Individuals with obesity are often portrayed in a negative light, with photos focused on uncontrolled eating, headless men and women, shots zoomed in on body parts and other common practices perpetuating bias and stigma around this disease.

“We are so excited to launch this gallery with 500 bias-free images. In 2017, we will expand the gallery to more than 4,000 images, making it the largest non-commercial bias-free online stock image gallery,” said James Zervios, OAC Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

Whether you’re a member of the media or a healthcare professional in need of imagery representing individuals with obesity, the OAC encourages you to use these images as a bias-free alternative to help change the way the world sees individuals affected by this disease.

To visit the OAC Image Gallery and learn more about this incredible initiative, please visit www.ObesityAction.org. To view the OAC Image Gallery promotional video, please visit http://bit.ly/2bL1bNW.

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a more than 52,000 member-strong National non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support. 

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