Obesity Action Coalition's (OAC) Your Weight Matters

Campaign Prepares Adults for the Conversation of Weight with their Healthcare Provider

The OAC is excited to announce the re-launch of the Your Weight Matters Campaign. The goal of the Campaign is to encourage a dialogue between individuals and their healthcare provider about weight and educate about the impact of excess weight on health. "Millions of Americans are affected by excess weight or obesity, but unfortunately, regular conversations between patients and their healthcare provider about weight rarely occur. This is in despite of the significant health impact of obesity, such as increased risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, some cancers and more," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

Having the conversation of weight with a healthcare provider can often be an intimidating experience for those affected by excess weight or obesity. The Your Weight Matters Campaign aims to prepare individuals for the conversation of weight through the Campaign Challenge. Individuals interested in learning more about their weight and health can easily take the Campaign Challenge by visiting YourWeightMatters.org and clicking the "Take the Challenge" button.

"The conversation between a patient and physician about weight is essential in effectively managing an individual's overall health," said Christine Verini , vice president, Corporate Communications and Advocacy, Eisai. "We are proud to sponsor the Your Weight Matters Campaign."

Once an individual takes the Campaign Challenge by making a pledge to talk to their healthcare provider about their weight, they will receive the Your Weight Matters Toolkit for free, which is designed specifically to help them prepare for that first appointment with their healthcare provider. From a food journal and exercise tips to sample questions a healthcare provider may ask an individual, the Your Weight Matters Toolkit provides Campaign participants with an excellent resource that they can utilize throughout their weight-loss journey.

"Talking to someone, especially a healthcare professional, about your weight is not an easy task; however, it is necessary. The Your Weight Matters Campaign and its resources prepare the individual for their talk," said Pam Davis, RN, CBN, BSN, OAC Chairman.

To learn more about the Your Weight Matters Campaign or to take the Campaign Challenge, please visit YourWeightMatters.org.