Tampa, Fla. – More than 93 million Americans are affected by the disease of obesity. Every day we are bombarded with news headlines about the latest study on weight-loss and ads to help us lose weight and keep it off. It can be hard to know what is science-based and can help you in your struggle with weight.

To make it easier, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), the Nation’s most powerful voice dedicated to helping individuals with obesity, is proud to host its 8th Annual Your Weight Matters Convention & EXPO, August 1-3 in Tampa. YWM2019 offers:

  • Real Experts– Top-notch weight and health education presented by the nation’s leading physicians, researchers, scientist and other industry experts.
  • Real People– Meet others who are working to improve their health who and care about the issues surrounding obesity and weight.
  • Real Support– Whether from a speaker who is also a healthcare provider to the new friend you met chatting before a session, YWM2019 is a welcoming, safe place to seek education and support.

During the three-day Convention, attendees can choose from more than 50 educational sessions. With topics such as “Understanding What Drives Hunger; The Connection between Your Brain and Appetite,” “Using Your Values to Empower Healthy Change with Acceptance-based Therapy,” “Exercise – How Much does it Really Take?” and much more, this year’s program is relevant to anyone, no matter where they are in their weight management journey.

Experts on the agenda include: distinguished physician in exercise and obesity research, Tim Church, MD, MPH, PhD; renowned bariatric psychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Paul Davidson, PhD; Director of Bariatric Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Philip Schauer, MD; acclaimed researcher in the field of weight-related stigma, weight-related problems and strategies to improve weight loss and maintenance at Brown Medical School, Jason Lillis, PhD; and more!

“The opportunities to learn more about how my weight impacts my health and what I can do about it are what inspire me to attend this event each year,” said Deb Gau, Your Weight MattersConvention & EXPO Welcome Committee Chair. “To be among people who are knowledgeable but also share your experiences, and whose purpose lies in educating and supporting those who are managing their weight, is truly priceless.”

Beyond the opportunity to learn from experts and connect with others for support on a similar journey, the 2019 Convention is also a valuable resource for nurses and health professionals to get better connected to the issues that matter most to their patients. This year, qualifying attendees can earn up to 18 contact hours of CE credits. Convention registration is affordable, with early-bird pricing starting at $50/day. To register and view the complete education program, visit www.YWMconvention.com.

The 2019 Convention is proudly supported by reputable companies in the health industry. National Sponsors signed-on to date include: Platinum – Novo Nordisk, Gold – Eisai, Silver – Rhythm Pharmaceuticals and WW, Bronze – Amgen, Bariatric Advantage, Boehringer Ingelheim, Celebrate Nutritional Supplements, FitForMe, Geisinger, Medtronic, and Medi-Weightloss. The OAC continues to accept National Sponsors and exhibitors. Please contact the OAC at (800) 717-3117 for more information.

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a more than 60,000 member-strong National nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support.