by Mckinzie Step, OAC Creative Content and Outreach Coordinator
From October 29th – November 4th, 2017, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is joining National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) to support its mission of Changing the Way We Care about the disease of obesity.
As a founding Champion of NOCW – along with The Obesity Society (TOS), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and STOP Obesity Alliance – the OAC is beyond excited to join ranks with this extraordinary National awareness campaign that aims to re-write the narrative for obesity care and treatment. PLUS – we’re also excited to walk alongside NOCW’s financial Partners and more than 30 Champion organizations helping to spread the word about this important campaign!
As a patient-centered organization, the OAC is no stranger to the barriers which surround this complex disease. Since our inception in 2005, we’ve dedicated our work to giving a voice to all individuals affected by obesity and providing help through education, advocacy and support.
Now, we encourage all our members, supporters and followers to help us Take Action and become some of the FIRST to get involved with NOCW2017 and Change the Way We Care!
Today, more than 90 million adult Americans are affected by obesity. Furthermore, people with obesity have long faced stigma and discrimination which prevent them from seeking the care they need. In fact, half of people with obesity report they have never had a conversation about weight with a healthcare professional (HCP) – and only one in four patients say they have ever been counseled about their weight by an HCP.
To address these concerns, NOCW seeks to create a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and science-based care by:
It takes entire communities to make an impact on the way obesity is talked about and cared for in our society. We need patients, family members, healthcare professionals, educators, policy makers and others to elevate the conversation about this disease and encourage care that is grounded upon education and empathy.
Unless a change is made, weight bias will continue to cloud treatment options. Stigma will discourage patients from seeking the help they need. Obesity won’t receive the same level of care as other chronic diseases, even though it’s associated with more than 30 related health conditions.
With more than 90 million adult Americans affected by obesity, all of us can likely relate to its impacts. Whether it affects our own health or the health of someone we care for, each and every one of us has a role to play in the future of obesity care – a future that we must shape, mold and bring to life ourselves.
Complete the “Take 5” Pledge!
The “Take 5” Pledge is the MOST IMPORTANT way that you can help support the mission and vision of NOCW2017, and you don’t have to wait until October 29th to take it – it’s available NOW!
Visit www.ObesityCareWeek.org/Take-5 to complete the pledge
Discover more about these FIVE important reasons for why we must Change the Way We Care:
We ask that all of our members and supporters take the next step in supporting obesity as a cause, and helping us to Change the Way We Care.
To learn more about NOCW2017, please visit www.ObesityCareWeek.org.
We look forward to October 29th – November 4th, 2017when this important awareness week kicks-off!
National Obesity Care Week would not be possible without the following Partners, Champions and Access to Care Leaders
* Founding Champion
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