The Obesity Action Coalition

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy, and support.

There are three major issues that the OAC advocates for: obesity, weight bias, and access to care. The OAC view obesity as a chronic disease that is often understood by people not affected by it, including healthcare practitioners. Addressing obesity requires an individualized approach that requires a team of doctors, dieticians, trainers, and perhaps psychotherapists. Trainers are a large part of the obesity treatment process, which is why 2 Weeks to Health created the 14 Day Weight Loss and Healthy Living Course.

The ultimate goal is to get people the treatment they need to eliminate obesity. To allow access to obesity treatment, the OAC advocates for insurance coverage of obesity and its related illnesses. The OAC seeks to empower individuals affected by obesity to take action and to provide those individuals with the education they need to fight obesity using safe treatments. It is also important to the OAC to eliminate the negative stigma associated with obesity and to eliminate prejudice against people with obesity.

Anything we can do as individuals to help stop the obesity epidemic is a worthy cause. By working together and by working with organizations like the OAC, we can slowly increase the international awareness of obesity and help individuals with the disease live a healthier life by losing weight and mitigating related disease. To read more about the Obesity Action Coalition you can visit their website www.obesityaction.org.

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Quote of the Week – 26 June

“The Body is a mirror of how we live our lives” – Lissa Rankin, MD

When you look in the mirror what do you see? Your reflection not only shows you your physical appearance, but is a reflection of your work, hobbies, family, discipline, mind, and faith. Your health and fitness are a direct representation of you. If you choose to binge your favorite shows on Netflix every day after coming home from a desk job, your body will reflect that. If you choose to workout every day before work, your body will reflect that as well. Your body is not a separate entity from the rest of your life. It is important to connect the body and mind so that when you look in the mirror it shows the outcome of your thoughts and goals.