While we can’t always control what happens to us, we can choose how we respond. You are both the main actor and the narrator of your life.

YWM2021-VIRTUAL LiveAmong others, these were major takeaways from the Obesity Action Coalition’s 10th Annual Your Weight Matters Convention & EXPO that took place last week. YWM2021-VIRTUAL was a huge success that attracted nearly 2,000 registered participants from all 50 U.S. states and 48 countries around the world!

As we close out the month, we are still riding the wave of momentum and inspired by the impact of this incredible event series.

Looking Back at YWM2021-VIRTUAL

YWM2021-VIRTUALYWM2021-VIRTUAL opened a lot of eyes to the needs that exist in OAC’s Community right now – the need for real education, unbiased support, and inspiration to hit the “reset” button. We all know how tough the last year and a half has been!

Throughout the week, the Convention equipped and empowered attendees with education and tools to build resiliency, recharge their health, resist weight stigma and be the narrator of their own health journeys. Even from a virtual platform, YWM2021 brought together a welcoming and inclusive community where people from all backgrounds and weight journeys found a place to be supported.

From the high caliber lineup of our expert speakers and engaging topics to the various social events that connected attendees throughout the week, YWM2021-VIRTUAL delivered. And perhaps nothing was more powerful than the personal testimonies and stories shared that opened real conversations about obesity, stigma and health.

Here are some other memorable takeaways:

  • Weight management is not as simple as eating less and moving more. A lot of other factors are involved and not everything about weight is within your control.
  • Health looks different for everybody and every body.
  • Obesity is a disease but there are people and treatments out there to help you.
  • Not everyone has access to the same health benefits and treatments. We need to change that.
  • The way you speak to and treat yourself has a big impact on your life.

What’s Next?

If you didn’t get the chance to attend YWM2021-VIRTUAL, you have through September 15 to purchase a Full registration and access the session recordings and handouts. Click here for information.

Save the date for YWM2022 next year in Las Vegas, July 14-16! We are looking forward to being in-person together once again and can’t wait to see you.

Until then, make sure you stay connected to the OAC for all of the other events and educational opportunities we have planned! More great education and support are on the way.