Weighty Matters at #YWM2014

Your Weight Matters. But why? Why does size carry so much burden?

According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC) over one-third of Americans are obese. That’s one out of every three of us. So why are there so many issues that surround people with obesity?

I’m not just talking about health issues, but social issues. Regardless of the attention obesity gets in the news media, very little has been done to stop the bias and discrimination that obese individuals face all the time.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? How about discrimination in employment, barriers in education, stereotypes in the media, and stigma in day to day personal relationships. This is just the tip of the iceberg…these things greatly impact the quality of life for individuals battling obesity.

People who are obese not only have to deal with the physical issues like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and increased risk of cancer, but also have to deal with the social and emotional baggage that our world puts on us.

What if I told you that there is a resource that can educate us in not only how to live a physically healthier lifestyle, but can also empower us to overcome the bias and stigmas of obesity? There is. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is holding it’s annual Your Weight Matters convention this September, and you can be a part of it.

From September 25-28, join me and hundreds of others as we meet in Orlando, FL for a few days of education and fun. There will be a lot of great speakers, presenting information with real facts to back them up. This isn’t going to be a diet fad meeting, this is the real deal. From food addiction, childhood obesity, stress management, and of course, weight management, the topics on the agenda are awesome. But there will be a lot of fun too – daily exercise classes, a dance party, and the Healthy Living Expo are things I’m looking forward to as well. There will also be a virtual march to Washington, DC taking place throughout the weekend. A big part of the convention weekend is advocacy – fighting to make an even playing field for those who have obesity. We need to let our elected officials know that we deserve to be treated the same as anyone else!

You can get more information, including the full agenda and how to register at http://www.ywmconvention.com/ – check it out!

I hope to see you in Orlando!!

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