008 Joseph Nadglowski and Obesity Action Coalition

by reeger on September 24, 2013





Nadglowski Head Shot







Joseph Nadglowski, is President and CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), which is a National non-profit organization formed in 2005 dedicated to elevating and empowering those affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy, and support. He is a frequent speaker and an author.  He has nearly 20 years of experience working in patient advocacy, public policy, and education. He is a graduate of the University of Florida.

In addition, he is the Executive Director of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation, a non-profit organization within the ASMBS Society. The Foundation, in partnership with the OAC, aims to increase awareness of obesity and its treatments by bringing National attention to the cause through research, education, and organizing events such as the annual Walk from Obesity.

I am honored to have talked to Joe Nadglowski for the podcast. Joe and the work of the OAC are very important and inspiring. I know you will agree!

In this interview we discuss:

  • Joe’s definition of the body, mind, and spirit of the OAC
  • The history of OAC
  • Why we need the OAC
  • Defining Weight Bias and Stigma
  • How Weight Bias and Stigma holds us all back as a society
  • American Medical Association identification of obesity as a disease
  • OAC Your Weight Matters: Annual Convention, Quarterly Magazine, and National Campaign
  • OAC Legislative Action Center
  • The OAC recent trip to Capitol Hill to seek support of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
  • How to become an OAC advocate
  • The Annual Your Weight Matters convention next in Orlando, Florida September 25-28, 2014
  • Joe’s parting thoughts and message of connection and empowerment.


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In Peace and with Connection,

Reeger Cortell, FNP

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Carla H September 26, 2013 at 5:41 am

What a great conversation! Thank you!! The OAC is truly a wonderful organization that works hard to educate and involve people in all levels of education, participation and advocacy.


reeger September 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Thank you for the feedback. I felt very fortunate to talk with Joe Nadglowski and have the opportunity to bring the important work the OAC is doing to my podcasting listeners. I am glad you enjoyed it!



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