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For Immediate release
August 18, 2013
For More Information:
James Zervios
Director of Communications
(800) 717-3117
Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA, Honored with the
Obesity Action Coalition’s “Bias Buster of the Year” Award
Massachusetts resident Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA, was honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) "Bias Buster of the Year" award during the 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention, Rise to the Challenge.
In June, Melinda testified with courage and passion to a panel of legislators about her personal experiences with weight bias and obesity, the importance of respecting people of all sizes and shapes and protecting them from discrimination. Melinda spent years in clinical practice and recently founded “THE F WORD FAT tiny word, BIG impact,” a company that provides educational seminars to organizations on understanding, managing and eliminating weight bias and discrimination.
She is a frequent author on the topic of weight bias and has written for the OAC's quarterly publication - Your Weight Matters Magazine. Melinda also recently completed a blog series on the OAC Blog, which focused on weight bias, perceptions about weight, personal relationships with weight and much more.
“Melinda is an exemplary OAC member who proactively combats weight bias and works to change public opinion about individuals affected by the disease of obesity. We are grateful for her efforts and congratulate her on winning the 'Bias Buster of the Year' award," said Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, OAC Chairman.
About the "Bias Buster of the Year" Award
The "Bias Buster of the Year" award is given to an individual who has maintained both a proactive and reactive stance in responding to weight bias issues. The recipient should also be a leader in combating weight bias by providing examples of how to get involved as a Bias Buster.
About the OAC
The OAC is a National nonprofit charity dedicated to helping individuals affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools. For more information on the OAC, please visit
About the Your Weight Matters Convention
The Your Weight Matters Convention is a national convention focused on providing individuals with quality, evidence-based education on weight and its impact on health. For more information on the Convention, please visit
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