Patricia Nece advocates for the eradication of weight bias, sound obesity treatments, and insurance coverage for those treatments in the United States. In speaking to legislators, health care providers, and others, she encourages change by sharing her personal experiences with life-long severe obesity. She is a noted advocate who has received the Obesity Action Coalition’s Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy. She has been invited to speak at numerous venues, including the National Academy of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, the American Society for Nutrition, the Obesity Medicine Association, the George Washington University School of Medicine, and Women in Government. Ms. Nece is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Guideline Development Panel for Obesity. She has also participated in several projects sponsored by the STOP Obesity Alliance based at the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at Milliken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She is the Counsel for Regulations and Legislation in the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of the Solicitor's Division of Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services.