Weight of the World is an initiative that connects individuals through the power of the personal story. Through this initiative, 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.
Helpful Steps to Record and Share Your Video:
Sharing your personal story is a powerful way that you can let your voice be heard and help others better understand what it is like to live with obesity. There is no “right way” to share your personal story. Your story should be a real and honest perspective of what your journey with obesity has been like. Keep in mind that these videos will be used as a source of support for others, so try to share helpful words for those who are also along the journey. We want sharing your story to be a simple and enjoyable process so we’ve come up with some steps to help you get started.
- Browse our Video Library:
We welcome you to view the videos in our library! These stories come from people of various backgrounds and will inspire, educate and connect you with different viewpoints from individuals living with obesity. These videos will also give you a feel for some of the stories our community members have already shared if you’re thinking of sharing your own. Our video library is full of real-life experiences that you’ll be able to identify with.You can easily browse our videos by searching by mood, subject matter, demographics, and more. CLICK HERE to start viewing videos in our library!
- Record Your Video:
When you’re ready to share your story, feel free to use the device of your choice to record your video – smartphone, webcam or digital camera! While we want these stories to be as open and honest as possible, we do have basic video submission guidelines to help you with your submission. We want to emphasize that the Weight of the World platform is a safe-space, free of judgement and respectful of different viewpoints and we welcome your unique perspective!
- Submit Your Story:
Once you’ve recorded your video, the next step is uploading it to the video library. We’ve made sharing your story as seamless as possible through our 3-step submission form. Just upload your video from your phones camera roll, or your computer and input the requested information on the form. You’ll receive a confirmation email once we receive your submission and we’ll notify you once your video has been posted for viewing in the video library.
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.