We are a not-for-profit whose Mission is to bring Hope and Empower People affected by Obesity through Education, Community and Advocacy.
“Strong communities are born out of
individuals being their best selves.”
Canadian indigenous writer
What We Stand For
- We believe our “ideal” weight is not an absolute number on a scale but rather a weight which does not impair our health or negatively impact our quality of life.
- We understand that the concept of “eat less and move more” is not enough; there’s a lot more involved in losing weight and keeping it off than simply willpower.
- We believe that no matter your size, shape or means, we all deserve to be cared for with respect, understanding and dignity… with everyone having equal access to medical treatments and therapies.
Together, we can make a difference.
Become a member at no cost and together let us Inspire Hope through Action
Our Three Drivers For Action
During these unprecedented times, Obesity Matters strives to be a beacon of hope, knowledge and evidence-based resource for those living with overweight and obesity.
A community is only as strong as its members, and when we engage, support and join forces we can drive change and improve the lives of people living with obesity.
Your experiences in managing overweight and obesity matter. Connect with us to share your story and inspire hope, to help us advocate for improved health resources for our community.
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Hello and thank you for visiting Obesity Matters (OM)
We started OM to primarily serve individuals and their loved ones living with or affected by obesity to take action towards a better future for themselves and their communities.
Our objectives are to:
- Empower people living with or affected by obesity, to self-advocate for medical care and therapies they deserve.
Join the movement
Your generous contribution to Obesity Matters will help us fight back against the obesity epidemic.
"A very good general review for me. Working at keeping on track means regular reinforcement and up-dating of information/perspectives/attitudes etc. Without much by way of local support where I live, it's great to tap into a wider group."
"I felt welcome, accepted and included. Some of the words from the speakers gave me tears of joy. Please continue to do public education to end fat/weight biases and prejudices."
"I have said it before, and I will say it again, I have learned more about managing this disease in your programs than I have through years of being through the health care system."
"I have very much appreciated the quality of these sessions and the resource people brought to us - broadly - across the country-and beyond. Many of us have no or little local access to the cutting edge of obesity medicine practice. Obesity Matters and its clear commitment to a wide audience makes a difference that I am deeply grateful for in an otherwise isolated/isolating environment."
"The positive messages from inspiring athletes was helpful. Fat shaming and bullying, both are issues. Students need to learn to be healthy for the right reasons. Thank you! This is important work!"
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Obesity Matters (OM) is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas of the organization. OM is an equal opportunity organization that welcomes membership and participation from all people regardless of size, shape, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, group, age, ability, religion or experience. As we advance our mission to end stigma and create a future of weight acceptance, we believe it is critical to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion as a way to intentionally make space for positive outcomes to flourish.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are more than just words, they are the core principles that guide our every action, and it is our promise to uphold these standards with every partner, collaboration and endeavour.