Tampa , FL – The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is disappointed by the recent comments of an “American Idol” judge, which targeted a female with obesity competing on the popular television show.

In the season five episode, which aired on January 17, 2006, “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell suggested the show use a bigger stage based on the physical appearance of a contestant.

“This type of comment definitely perpetuates the negative stigma associated with obesity. Contestants are supposed to be judged based on their ability to sing. Instead, this individual was singled out for criticism based on her weight. The producers and judges of ‘American Idol’ need to be reminded that a person’s weight is not a measure of their quality as a person or their ability to sing,” said Joseph Nadglowski, Jr., OAC President and CEO.

Obesity is a disease. Today, it is estimated that more than 93 million Americans are affected by obesity, with that number predicted to climb to 120 million in the next five years. Too often, Americans with obesity are subjected to ridicule regarding their weight and discrimination against those with obesity is considered socially-acceptable by many.

The OAC is dedicated to educating and advocating on behalf of those affected by obesity and morbid obesity. For more information on the OAC, 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.