“Your Weight Matters” National Convention 2014

Boasting a logo that called on us to S.H.I.N.E., YWM2014 was hosted and developed by the Obesity Action Coalition,  “a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping the millions of Americans impacted by excess weight and obesity through education, advocacy and support”.

Held over three days in September, this 3rd Annual National Convention was sponsored by an assortment of companies I hadn’t come across before, with an emphasis on bariatric and other interventions.

Delegates represented a wide range of views on weight related issues. Many commented positively on the weight management advice, health information and support from like-minded people (always so important) provided by the Convention.

Educational offerings in the form of talks, advocacy training sessions, interactive workshops and activities were comprehensive.  I was particularly pleased to see weight stigma and patient advocacy highlighted.

Remember – there is a place for those who want to lose weight, a place for those who are happy to be fit at their chosen weight, as well as a place for those who say that it’s none of your business what they weigh.

YWM2014 fits into this spectrum quite comfortably.

I appreciated the two featured live speakers who were streamed, and was able to listen to an interesting talk on ‘Mindfulness’ despite the 5 hour time lag.

You can get a feel for the conference  by reading tweeted comments using the hashtag #YWM2014. Contributors included : @ParentingSpot, @YWMOAC, @WLSCouncelor, @ObesityAction, @UKHealthyeating @Dr.JohnYadegar, @ASMBS,  @Born2bFat,  @drsharma, @conscienhealth, @YoniFreedhoff and yours truly, @weightdebate.

However, I do believe the organizers missed out by not featuring at least one ‘tweetchat’.

Yes, I know you could tweet as part of their Advocacy ‘March’, but I couldn’t help but feel that a ‘live’ chat would have given YWM2014 a further opportunity to engage with an on-line community unable to attend in person.

Just my opinion.

 

 

 

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