About the Weight of the World Initiative
Weight of the World is an initiative that connects individuals through the power of the personal story. Through this initiative, led by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), our goal is to help individuals understand they are not alone in their journey and that their voice makes a difference to help change perceptions about what it’s like to live with obesity.
As part of this initiative, the OAC is collecting personal video testimonials from its members so that we can add them to our Weight of the World video library for others to view for support. Our video library will only be accessible by logging-in to the secure Weight of the World site, as we want all individuals sharing their stories to be authentic and real, and know that only those who have walked in their shoes will be viewing these videos.
Why this Initiative was Created:
The Weight of the World Initiative began when six unique individuals from around the globe (United States, Canada, Ireland/Spain and the United Kingdom), each representing patient organizations for individuals affected by obesity, were asked to share their story about how weight has impacted their life and give a presentation to a room full of more than 100 people. However, these stories reached so much deeper than just the surface. They were raw, honest and intimate narratives about a difficult subject affecting millions of individuals throughout the entire world.
What was realized in this room full of people is that everyone’s story, no matter the region of the world in which they lived, was remarkably similar. Although everyone’s experiences were deeply personal and unique to their lives, they all shared some common thread which connected them. The journey with weight can be a difficult one, especially when bias and stigma keeps so many of our voices silent. But no matter who we are or where we have been, we are never alone! There are people out there who understand and have traveled very similar roads and distances.
In 2017, these six individuals joined together once again in Tampa, FL to discuss the creation of a platform which would share real and honest stories from all people who have ever been affected by weight. This platform was intended to offer a safe space to express struggles, setbacks and successes while offering support to others. This is how the Weight of the World Initiative came to be!
The OAC’s Weight of the World Initiative is a video collection platform designed to unite individuals through powerful storytelling in a safe and honest space. From the negative to the positive and everything in between, all stories matter and make a difference. We hope you will consider sharing yours and connecting with others!
About the OAC
The OAC is proud to lead the charge in the Weight of the World Initiative! The OAC is a more than 59,000 member-strong 501(c)(3) National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey to improved health through education, advocacy and support. Its core focuses are to:
- Raise awareness about obesity;
- Improve access to obesity prevention and treatment
- Provide evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments;
- Fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination;
- Elevate the conversation of weight and its impact on health
- Offer a Community of support for the individual affected
For more information about OAC and its Membership Community, visit ObesityAction.org.
All videos submitted and posted on the Weight of the World platform are reflective of the experiences of these individuals and do not reflect the opinions or actions of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). These personal video submissions and shared experiences are not connected to the OAC in any manner. Any reference to products, services, individuals, etc., and/or appearance of name brands and logos from third party entities, does not construe an endorsement of any kind. The OAC reserves the right to only approve select videos for viewing by the public and/or OAC Community.
Special Thanks to Novo Nordisk for their Support in Making this Initiative Possible