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February 2012


 OAC's "Bias Busters" Addresses "Obesity Hate" Pages on Facebook


The most recent "Bias Busters" issue that needs attention and action is the presence of "obesity hate" pages on Facebook. In doing research, the OAC came across more than 100 "obesity hate" pages. An example of one of these pages is titled, "Fat Kids are Harder to Kidnap." This page has more than 20,039 "likes." Pages such as this one greatly perpetuate weight bias and stigma. Additionally, in children, they also promote bullying and cyber-bullying.

OAC Takes Action

In November 2011, the OAC sent a letter to Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerburg, asking him to enforce Facebook's Abuse Policy, which states: "Facebook does not tolerate hate speech. While we encourage the discussion of ideas, institutions, events, and practices, it is a serious violation of our terms to single out individuals based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or disease."

To date, the OAC has not received a response from Facebook and many of these "obesity hate" pages are still live and active. You can learn more about this weight bias issue by visiting the "Bias Busters" section of the OAC Web site by clicking here.>>>

Sign Our Petition to Facebook

The OAC has now started a petition on to express our concern over these "obesity hate" pages on Facebook. We need you to sign-on to help us strengthen our voice! If you feel these "obesity hate" pages are stigmatizing and harmful toward individuals and children affected by obesity, please sign our petition!

To sign-on to the OAC's petition now, please click here.>>>


  • Following bariatric surgery, patients are advised to eat at least 60-80 grams of protein every day.

  • Self-insured employers (typically larger employers where the money paid for their claims comes from their own pocket) frequently provide weight-loss surgery benefits.
  • Artificial sweeteners are 100-400 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar).
  • Caffeine raises the stress hormone cortisol, which tells your body to increase its energy stores and also raises heart rate and blood pressure.

  • Exercise that increases your heart rate to a moderate to vigorous range can impact changes in the body, including weight-loss.

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Winter 2012 Issue of Your Weight Matters Magazine Now Available - The Winter 2012 issue of Your Weight Matters Magazine is now available online! This issue's theme is "New Year, New You" and there are some great articles to help you begin the New Year with a healthy start!

To view the Winter 2012 issue of Your Weight Matters Magazine now, please click here.>>>


OAC and Obesity PPM Online Educational Initiative Kicks off February 7 - On February 7, the OAC and Obesity PPM will hold their first free, live webinar in a series of 14 on the complexity of obesity and the many contributing factors.

To learn more about this educational initiative, please click here.>>>

If you would like to register to participate in this exciting educational opportunity, please click here.>>>


OAC Speaks out for those Affected by Obesity - During the last month, the OAC was approached by numerous media outlets to comment on various issues. Several of these interviews were regarding the controversial childhood obesity billboards in the state of Georgia.

You can read, watch and listen to these interviews by clicking here.>>>

American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) to Offer “The Obesity Medicine Certification Review Course" - The ASBP has developed an educational course specifically geared toward preparing applicants for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam, in order to ensure that physicians are adequately educated to treat their patients affected by obesity and pass the certification exam in obesity medicine. This course will take place on April 18-19, in Denver, CO.

To learn more about this educational opportunity, please click here.>>>


OAC Starts the Year by Welcoming Three New Chairman’s Council Members and Recognizes those that Recently Renewed their Commitment - This year is off to a great start, with new additions to the OAC Chairman’s Council. Since the start of the new year, the OAC has welcomed three new Chairman’s Council Members.


To read the rest of this article, please click here.>>>

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