Joe Nadglowski is President & CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). The OAC is a non-profit organization formed in 2005 dedicated to elevating and empowering those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. A frequent speaker and author on the importance of obesity awareness, Joe has more than 25 years of experience working in patient advocacy, public policy and education. He has been a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to discuss childhood obesity and has testified before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the importance of increasing treatment options for individuals affected by obesity.

In today’s interview Joe tells his personal story about his weight, some general misconceptions about obesity and weight stigma in the workplace. We talk about the role of the wellness professional and employer when it comes to obesity. Finally, Joe leaves us with one tangible tip for creating a stigma free workplace.

Also, don’t miss out on an opportunity to participate in a small group training starting in October. Here’s a bit more about it:

  • This will be a small group of up to 6 people and only 3 spots remain.
  • We’ll meet weekly for 6 weeks online via Zoom October 24 to Dec. 5 (skipping Thanksgiving week).
  • Each week, I’ll present 15 minutes or so of content and then we’ll talk about how (and if) it would work in your organization.
  • Although I have topics in mind (other things that impact health, understanding your company, new metrics, key questions to ask, framework, etc.) I also want group members to tell me where they need help.
  • This will be informal and I’ll want a lot of group participation. I want it to feel like a supportive “tribe”.
  • If you’re looking for support in planning a more holistic approach in 2019, then this training is for you.

For those that sign up for my February training (more weeks and more formalized), this small group training is free. If you just want to do the standalone small group training, then it’s $350.

The deadline to get in on the small group training is October 17th.

For full details on the 2019 training, visit https://redesigningwellness.com/impactandinfluence/

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: 
  • Joe tells us about his struggle with obesity and the many interventions he has tried. He compares obesity to a chronic disease like high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • We need to realize that people internalize weight stigma and end up beating themselves up about their weight (which isn’t helpful).
  • We give people the wrong messages about obesity. Messages that are simple but quite wrong, like saying that 3,500 calories = 1 pound.
  • There’s stigma for people with obesity and stigma that they need help (and can’t do it on their own with lifestyle changes).
  • If you’re a woman with extra weight, there’s a 50% chance that you’ve been discriminated against in the workplace.
  • If we use weight or BMI as an outcome in the workplace, we’ll mistarget people with these oversimplified measures.
Check out these highlights (with timestamps):
  • How the Obesity Action Coalition started [5:55]
  • Joe’s interaction with a healthcare practitioner about his weight [11:40]
  • His take on the “eat less and exercise more” approach when it comes to obesity [13:05]
  • With healthcare practitioners, obesity is either ignored or the conversation goes the wrong way [18:18]
  • Stigma at the workplace, and the consequences especially for women [22:24]
  • How we can reduce weight stigma in the workplace [27:54]
  • The role of a wellness program in obesity treatment [30:23]
  • Joe’s one tangible tip for wellness pros to create a stigma free workplace [33:51]
  • The difference between the Obesity Action Coalition’s beliefs and the Health at Every Size approach [37:09]
Mentioned in this episode:

https://www.obesityaction.org/

Contact email: info@obesityaction.org

Action Study: www.actionstudy.com

Image catalogue: https://www.obesityaction.org/action-through-advocacy/weight-bias/weight-bias-resources/

Full Bio:

Joseph Nadglowski is President & CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) – a non-profit organization formed in 2005 dedicated to elevating and empowering those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. A frequent speaker and author on the importance of obesity awareness, Mr. Nadglowski has more than 25 years of experience working in patient advocacy, public policy and education and is a graduate of the University of Florida.

As a patient advocate who has publicly shared his own personal experience with obesity as well as those of OAC’s members on many boards, taskforces, workgroups and public testimony, Mr. Nadglowski was recipient of the 2012 Society for the Study of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Public Service Award.

As part of his advocacy work, he has dedicated a significant part of his work toward the recognition of weight bias, its impact on those with obesity and our nation’s efforts to combat it. He has been a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to discuss childhood obesity and has testified before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the importance of increasing treatment options for individuals affected by obesity. To contact Joseph Nadglowski, please email jnadglowski@obesityaction.org.

Twitter handle is @ObesityAction