In recognition of World Obesity Day (March 4th, 2021), taking place during Obesity Care Week, the OAC and other health advocates from across the U.S. are sending unified letters to President Biden asking him to make the disease of obesity a priority in his administration.
The letter not only sheds light on how obesity stigma has long prevented effective treatment and recognition of obesity as a chronic disease but also stresses the importance of access to the treatment given the strong link between obesity and COVID-19 complications. The letter also calls for better obesity care policies that will change the way society cares about obesity. Now more than ever, it is imperative that people currently living with obesity, or at risk of developing obesity and are ready to address their health, should have expanded access to both prevention and treatment avenues.
We ask that you take the time to tune into the OAC’s World Obesity Day which will highlight how crucial sending letters to President Biden will be in helping people affected by obesity.
If you would like to send a formulated email to President Biden and congress, please visit ObesityCareWeek.org/WOD. Your contribution to this can help eliminate negative stigma and advocate for increased access to care. Help us change the lives of those affected by obesity!
Along with a unified letter to President Biden, the OAC would like to highlight some of our activities with the Global Obesity Patient Alliance (GOPA). GOPA is a unified voice of obesity patient organizations from around the world dedicated to igniting and inspiring global change for people living with obesity. Here is a special video we’ve produced about GOPA in honor of World Obesity Day
2021 during Obesity Care Week!
We also encourage everyone to check out The Stop Obesity’s panel, “Wiley Science Talks Obesity with TOS” at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. GMT). Join a panel of experts from The Obesity Society (TOS) as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on people with obesity. To register for the event, please click here.
*To show your support for OCW, sign up for OCW alerts so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest news and information on how to get involved and change the world for the people living with obesity! *