Posts Tagged ‘Obesity Action Coalition’

The Obesity Disconnect Between Patients and Clinicians

November 6, 2015 — A team of leading obesity experts and advocates for people with obesity are presenting qualitative research today at ObesityWeek that suggests a profound disconnect between people with obesity and their healthcare providers. While clinicians see obesity through a lens of health and disease, people with obesity see it more through a lens of lifestyle and social relationships. […]

Covering Obesity in Health Plans?

November 5, 2015 — Presenting new data at ObesityWeek 2015, Obesity Action Coalition Chairman Ted Kyle said Wednesday that roughly three-quarters of consumers report their health plans are not covering obesity care. He told Endocrinology Advisor: These findings are a wake-up call because without coverage for evidence-based obesity treatment, people are delaying medical care until they have complications that […]

Dr. Ken: Walking Away from Fat Shaming for Laughs

September 10, 2015 — In a quick, but piecemeal response to the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), ABC removed fat shaming content from a comedy series called Dr. Ken that is set to premier in October, starring Ken Jeong. In a promotional trailer for the series, Jeong was shown examining a patient with obesity. When the patient asked for his diagnosis, Jeong — who […]

Stars of the Obesity Action Coalition

August 16, 2015 — Some of the stars of the Obesity Action Coalition really shined last night at the closing ceremonies for the national Your Weight Matters 2015 annual meeting. Fourteen individuals and organizations were called out for special recognition in their work to help the OAC deliver education, advocacy, and support for people everywhere affected by obesity. Justin Puckett, […]

How Your Brain Controls Your Weight

August 15, 2015 — Randy Seeley opened the educational program for the fourth annual Your Weight Matters National Convention by diving into neuroscience on Friday. With exceptional clarity, he explained how your brain controls your weight — just like it controls your body temperature and your breathing. And just as you can temporarily stop your breathing for only a short […]

Why Do We Have a Vibrant Obesity Community?

August 14, 2015 — The opening reception of the fourth annual Your Weight Matters National Convention brings just one question to mind. How has it come to pass that we have such a vibrant obesity community? What brings more than 500 hundred people from the U.S. — as well as other countries this year — to spend their own money […]

4 Things Would Change if We Ran the World

August 13, 2015 — Later today, more than 500 people directly affected by obesity will be gathering in San Antonio for the best conference in obesity that will happen this year. Though there are plenty of other fine conferences with great people and great information, YWM2015 (organized by the Obesity Action Coalition) is the only one that puts people […]

Forget Bariatrics, Obesity Medicine Is the Thing

August 1, 2015 — The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) announced this week that they will change their name to the Obesity Medicine Association on October 2 this year. The society is making the change “to better align with the widespread recognition of obesity as a chronic disease among health care professionals.” Oddly enough, this name change completes a […]

Signs of Progress in Access to Obesity Care

July 21, 2015 — Encouraging news about progress in access to evidence-based obesity care came yesterday in reports from the summer meeting of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators. NCOIL resolved that state legislatures should provide for “coverage of the full range of obesity treatments.” The resolution began by saying: NCOIL urges the 50 State Legislatures, health departments and other […]

Who Are These Creatures with Obesity?

April 28, 2015 — “Obesity is a disease that hides in plain sight,” says Harvard’s Lee Kaplan. So perhaps we should not be surprised when the Journal of Public Health publishes a study that asks, “Who are the obese?” The authors propose that there are six types (stereotypes?) of these creatures with obesity. If we can set aside the dehumanizing […]