Over 93 million Americans are affected by obesity, and according to the World Health Organization, women are more likely to be obese than men. It is a global problem, but also uniquely a women’s problem, as the weight of pregnant mothers can cause complications in pregnancy. It is a national health crisis in the United States; but an equal crisis is “fat-shaming,” which does nothing to help people lose weight. The stigma on overweight individuals is extremely damaging to us all and negatively impacts the health – and lives – of overweight or obese individuals.

The Obesity Action Coalition, with over 50,000 members, 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. Our core focuses are to raise awareness and improve access to the prevention and treatment of obesity, provide evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments, fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination, elevate the conversation of weight and its impact on health and offer a community of support for the individual affected.”

You can help by becoming a member of the OAC, advocating in your communities, joining a committee, or distributing informational materials to share with others.