During these unprecedented times, Obesity Matters strives to be a beacon of hope, knowledge and resource for those living with overweight and obesity. We understand that living with excess weight can be challenging and we want to be that resource and support where you can get evidence-based information.
Obesity Matters is a safe-haven
By becoming a member of Obesity Matters you can:
- Get educated on the latest science-based information about obesity.
- Find ongoing support through community forums, by sharing your story and connecting with others who have similar goals and challenges.
- Gain access to obesity certified healthcare providers
- Take action on important issues and help change the world for people living with obesity.
Join our community and let us support you to change:
- How you talk to yourself: Drop the shame and blame.
- How you talk to your family & community: Advocate for the end of weight bias and stigma associated with obesity. Dispel myths.
- How you talk to your doctor: Empower yourself to ask for evidence-based treatment options.
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People in the Obesity Matters Community have powerful stories about their experiences with obesity. We know that sharing those stories with the world, and giving people a chance to express themselves, can bring about education, advocacy, support and awareness. Stories humanize the disease of obesity and remind us that at the heart of it, individual lives are affected.
by Rachel Atkins
Rachel Atkins is the director of strategy at Obesity Matters , where she works to leverage her own experiences — in business and body image – to transform communities, institutions and society to better the lives of Canadians living in larger bodies. She is an advocate for those have been on a similar journey, and her hope is that more can follow the path of positivity and self-love. This is her story.Read story
by Andrea Levy
For my part, I tried every diet under the sun. Sometimes I lost weight, sometimes I could not get through a single day of my diet. When I was lucky enough to lose weight, I could never keep it off, resulting, not just in a yoyo, but in a behemoth of a roller coaster.Read story
by Brian Baumal
It took another five years, until August 2012, for me to understand what was happening to me, and to address the underlying psychological issues that caused this drastic weight cycling! And throughout much of this time, I was a psychotherapist, who ought to have known better, or at least I thought I should have known better.Read story
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Do you have your own stories you’d like to share? We want to hear from you! Explore below to submit your stories and share your experiences with the Obesity Matters Community!
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