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March 2012


 OAC President and CEO Attends Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Hearing on Qnexa


Last week, the FDA Advisory Committee voted 20-2 in favor of approval of recommendation of the new obesity drug Qnexa. OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski was in attendance at this advisory hearing. Mr. Nadglowski spoke at the hearing, urging the FDA to seriously consider this new drug therapy and the benefits it could potentially have for millions of individuals struggling with obesity. In our testimony, the OAC also directly called on the FDA to have representation from the obesity medicine field in their future review of other obesity drugs, as there was an absence of an obesity treatment expert on the advisory panel.


The Advisory Committee vote does not guarantee the final approval of Qnexa, although it is a step in the right direction. The FDA is expected to make their final decision on Qnexa in the next few months. The OAC will continue to keep you up-to-date as more information becomes available.


You can read the OAC and Obesity Care Continuum's (OCC) full press release on this issue by clicking here.>>>


  • According to a recent survey, 41 percent of high school students perceived body weight as the primary reason for teasing and bullying.

  • In order to provide coverage for their employees, companies must purchase a “rider” for bariatric surgery coverage.
  • Saccharine (artificial sweetener) was invented in 1879 by accident when chemist Constantin Fahlberg accidentally spilled something on his hands that he later noticed to taste sweet.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids have long been recognized to reduce the risk of dying from heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends eating a three-ounce serving of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice per week.

  • According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Guidelines for Exercise Prescription, recommendations for weight-loss as a result of exercise are that we aim for 60 to 90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.

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OAC and Obesity PPM Announce Next Webinar in Educational Series - The OAC and Obesity PPM are excited to announce the second webinar in our educational series on the complexity of obesity, "Obesity & Addiction." This webinar is set to take place on March 29, at 8 pm EST.

You can register to attend this webinar by clicking here.>>> 


OAC Sends Sign-on Letter to "Strong4Life" Campaign - Earlier this week, the OAC issued a sign-on letter to the "Strong4Life" campaign expressing our concern about their stigmatizing childhood obesity campaign in Georgia.

You can view this letter and the list of organizations that signed-on in support by clicking here.>>>


OAC Board Members Featured in New Free Patient Guidebook and DVD on Weight-loss Options - The American College of Physicians Foundation released a new patient guidebook and DVD, "Live Healthier - Weight Loss Options for Treating Obesity." These educational pieces discuss the causes of obesity, offer nutrition and fitness tips, as well as discusses obesity treatments such as medicines available and surgical options for severe obesity. It features current OAC Board Member Robert Kushner, MD, and founding Board Members Robin Blackstone, MD, and Christopher Still, DO, FACN, FACP.

This new free patient guidebook and DVD are available by clicking here.>>>

"Bias Busters" Update: Half-way to our Goal - Last month, we alerted you to the issue of "obesity hate" pages on Facebook and asked you to sign-on to the "Bias Busters" petition to Facebook. To date, we are half-way to our goal of 1,000 signatures.

We need your help to reach our goal! Please consider signing-on to the "Bias Busters" petition to Facebook by clicking here.>>>


OAC Welcomes Wellesse as its Newest Chairman’s Council Member -

This month, the OAC is proud to welcome Wellesse Premium Liquid Supplements as its newest Chairman’s Council Member. Wellesse is a company that manufacturers nutritional supplements, specializing in liquid dietary supplements. Recently they conducted a promotional campaign where they donated $.25 for every “like” they received on their company Facebook page. Wellesse received a tremendous response from this campaign, resulting in their joining the OAC Chairman’s Council at the $1,000 level. To learn more about Wellesse, please click here.>>>


The OAC welcomes companies and organizations to partner with the OAC on awareness and promotional initiatives. This is a great way for your company or organization to get involved at the Chairman’s Council level. To learn more about the OAC Chairman’s Council and the number of valuable benefits you will receive, please click here.>>>

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