Posts Tagged ‘Obesity Action Coalition’

Take 5: Join Us in Supporting National Obesity Care Week

October 12, 2017 — We are in the tenth year of a voyage at ConscienHealth. We’re following the lead of people seeking and finding better ways to care for people bearing the burden of obesity. So we advocate for an end to weight bias and discrimination. And we lift up evidence-based approaches to this chronic, progressive disease. National Obesity […]

Blowing Past Stigma and Telling the World Who We Are

August 11, 2017 — “I know all about you.” Those can be scary words, especially when someone says them out loud. And when they go unspoken, they can become a tremendous burden. For those of us living with obesity, those unspoken words become a dead weight that no scale can measure. That weight is stigma. Preparing to open YWM2017 […]

Finding Joyful Community, Rejecting Bias

August 10, 2017 — There’s a cone of silence. When policymakers and experts sit down to discuss obesity, everything’s abstract. It’s theoretical. People who are actually living with obesity are either absent or silent about it. But OAC’s Your Weight Matters Convention, starting today in New Orleans, is an important exception. YWM 2017 is a place where people living […]

Advocating for the Cause of Respect and Care

January 9, 2017 — With nearly two dozen of the brightest people in obesity care and advocacy, we just spent the weekend sorting out opportunities that lie ahead for the Obesity Action Coalition. OAC Chair Amber Huett-Garcia summarized what motivates her to commit her energies to this cause for respect and care: The OAC gets better every year. The […]

Obesity Challenges Me, But It Doesn’t Define Me

December 15, 2016 — Writing in the Washington Post this week, Courtland Milloy went looking for answers. How can it be that black women are defying a trend of declining life expectancy? Among other things, obesity challenges the health of black women more than almost any other demographic group. So why is it that while life expectancy for all Americans […]

Six Ways to End Weight Bias

December 13, 2016 — Obesity is a harsh chronic disease made worse by even harsher weight bias against people who have it. Parents, teachers, and peers make life miserable for kids growing up with obesity. Employers discriminate in hiring, pay, and promotion. Health plans and providers limit access to care that’s needed to overcome the disease. Policymakers throw money […]

Weight Shaming Falls as Medical View of Obesity Grows

November 2, 2016 — New research to be presented at ObesityWeek 2016 indicates that weight shaming may be easing a bit. At the same time, the public increasingly understands that obesity is a medical condition. Between 2013 and 2016, public perception of obesity as a “personal problem of bad choices” has dropped from 44% to 34%. On top of that, […]

Profiles in Advocacy Courage

September 29, 2016 — When a small group of international advocates for people living with obesity  gathered in Copenhagen this week, we noted a huge gap. In HIV, cancer, and diabetes, for example, patients are at the center of policymaking. In obesity, we are often shunned or ignored. It takes courage to advocate in this realm. Support for change […]

Getting a Better Picture of Obesity

September 10, 2016 — The Obesity Action Coalition stepped forward this week to provide a better picture of living with obesity, free from bias and stigma. The OAC Image Gallery launched with 500 respectful images that can be used freely in news, social media, and educational media. By 2017, the gallery will expand to more than 4,000 images, making […]

Heroes of the Obesity Action Coalition

August 31, 2016 — On the closing evening of the OAC YWM2016 convention in Washington, an impressive group of our heroes won well-deserved recognition. The highest honor went to Nikki Massie, who earned recognition as the OAC Member of the Year. Famous as the Bariatric Foodie, she has built an amazing following through her blog, her books, and most of all through her […]