About us

We are individuals just like you...who have lived with overweight and obesity. We have experienced weight bias, fallen into diet traps and unrealistic goals set out by the fitness industries in the quest for being accepted by society. Now, we want to empower you, allow you to share your thoughts, reduce the feelings of isolation and frustration and provide credible resources.

We are focusing on:

  • Elevating the conversation of weight and its impact on health
  • Busting myths and supplying our community with evidence-based resources related to obesity
  • Changing the dialogue around obesity, from blame and shame to empowerment and inclusion
  • Advocating for public policy and environmental changes that enable health and well-being
  • Being recognized as a supportive community that accepts people of all sizes

Board of Directors

We are a group of people with common experiences and concerns. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for communities to share personal feelings, experiences, coping strategies, and offer support so they can take action and seek the help they deserve.

Priti Chawla

Board & Executive Director, Secretary & Treasurer

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Sandra Elia

Board Chair, Director of Education & Patient 

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Rachel Atkins

Board Vice-Chair, Director of Strategy

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Rosemarie Childerhose

Board Director, Director of Communications & Policy

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Advisory Board

To have a systemic impact on increasing support and programming for the community it is essential to have experienced people who believe in our cause and are able to guide us.  We are fortunate that individuals who are already part of the organization’s success to-date have agreed to join our Advisory Board.

Andrew Locker

Advisory Board Member

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Lisa Machado

Advisory Board Member

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Patrick Manfred

Advisory Board Member

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The dedication and hard work that this team invests in order to help Obesity Matters achieve its mission is truly inspiring. They spend countless hours planning and developing new initiatives focused on supporting our community – we couldn’t do it without them!


Atefeh Golpaie


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Dr. Florencia Ziemke


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Jennifer Hynes

Wellness and Education

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Nadja Urech

Membership and Community Relations

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Nick Beare

Communications and Media

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Scott Smith


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Join the Team

If you feel just as strongly to help our community, join us in this movement.

Check out our latest event

March 4, 2023

Your Health Matters Summit

Obesity Matters prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive community where people can come together to share experiences and …

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