I am thankful for the Obesity Action Coalition. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) www.obesityaction.org inspires me to give because their mission is to educate, support and advocate for those affected by obesity. I first found the OAC when I was denied treatment for my obesity. I remember sitting alone in my car and crying. It didn't make sense to me that my insurance would pay for medications, treatments, specialists for several obesity-related health conditions but I was denied treatment for obesity itself. There were treatments available to help me regain my health, relieve the life threatening and debilitating illnesses I was suffering from and prevent the onset of others, how could they deny that?! It didn’t make sense. I felt alone until I found the OAC. I was thankful to know there was an organization that was working to increase access to care and treatment. I knew I had to get involved. I never want anyone to have to go through what I did. There should be no shame in seeking treatment for obesity, health is not a game. Obesity is a disease that affect millions of adults and children, in fact, since millions are affected everyone knows someone, loves someone or may be that someone who is affected like I am. I will always be a person affected by obesity, it's a chronic disease requiring reassessing and adjusting throughout life but today I am healthier and stronger and thankful for the OAC.
The OAC provides wonderful free resources to educate the public about obesity, its causes, effects and helping people gain access to the science-based obesity treatment methods available for those that seek them. So much misinformation is out there about obesity and while people often mean well that misinformation can be harmful or worse. The OAC helps distinguish the science from the scams. The OAC also conducts advocacy efforts throughout the U.S. on both the state and national levels educating policymakers about obesity and how treating obesity can help prevent, or lessen the impact, of so many obesity-related conditions. The OAC fights to eliminate bias and stigma those affected by obesity face in world by shining a light on the insensitivity (and sadly often cruelty) those affected by obesity face in schools, workplaces, media, healthcare, society. I especially love the Your Weight Matters Convention they host each year where I’ve gained friendships, support and the comfort of knowing I will never be that girl crying alone in my car. The OAC’s mission and good works inspires me to give back as a board member and I hope they inspire you too.
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The Obesity Action Coalition is the only non-profit built on elevating and empowering those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support.