Patricia Nece, JD

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Patricia Nece

Counsel for Regulations and Legislation

U.S. Department of Labor

Patricia Nece, J.D., advocates for the eradication of weight bias, sound obesity treatments, and insurance coverage for those treatments. She encourages change by sharing her personal experiences with life-long severe obesity. A noted advocate, she has been invited to speak at numerous venues, including the Obesity Medicine Association, the American Society for Nutrition, the George Washington University School of Medicine, Obesity Week (2016, 2018- 2020), and the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit. She has testified before the Food and Drug Administration on the need for new obesity treatments and has participated in Congressional briefings.

Ms. Nece represents the interests of people with obesity in a variety of positions. She is Chair of Obesity Action Coalitions Board of Directors. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicines Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. Ms. Nece has also worked with the George Washington University-based Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (S.T.O.P.) Obesity Alliance on several projects including Why Weight?, a guide for health care professionals to initiate effective conversations about weight and health with their patients, and the Weight Cant Wait Guide, which provides practical tools to health care professionals for treating patients with obesity. Internationally, she is a member of the World Obesity Federations Policy and Prevention Committee and the Global Obesity Patient Alliance.

In her professional life, Ms. Nece is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor. She received a B.S. with honors from Greensboro College and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina.

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