This guide is a unique tool for health care providers that offers guidance and suggestions on how to initiate conversations with adult patients about weight and health. The tool is designed to help providers build a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open, productive conversations about weight.
STOP Director, Dr. Bill Dietz, recently published an article in Health Affairs. Along with a group of co-authors with expertise in research, clinical care, health policy, and public health, Dr. Dietz offered a new model for addressing the obesity epidemic, one that reaches beyond clinical intervention to include community systems as well. The paper proposes a modern framework, integrated in its approach to address both the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related chronic diseases. Accompanying the article is a figure which illustrates this proposed framework.
Over the course of 2015, STOP Obesity Alliance added several new members, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Egg Nutrition Center, Healthy Weight Partnership, Dr. Monique Turner, TogoRun, and the World Obesity Federation. Now more than ever, our Alliance includes a range of organizations that represent voices crucial to addressing the obesity epidemic.
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The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is a collaboration of consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurers and quality-of-care organizations united to drive innovative and practical strategies that combat obesity.
The Goals of the STOP Obesity Alliance
1. Lead innovation
STOP will continue to lead and encourage innovation around treatment, intervention, and disease management by working to support, develop, and disseminate best practices for the treatment and prevention of obesity. In addition to identifying and encouraging promising innovation, STOP will work to lead a broad base of stakeholders in establishing best practices for the care of individuals with overweight and obesity.
2. Strengthen systems of care for patients with overweight and obesity
Research shows that few health care providers are positioned to provide effective screening and treatment to patients with obesity. Acknowledging factors like time constraints, a varying provider knowledge base, and the potential discomfort of weight-based discussions, STOP will promote the highest standard of care for patients with this disease.
3. Convene diverse stakeholders to address issues related to the care of patients with overweight and obesity
From the beginning, STOP has brought together a broad alliance of individuals and organizations to form a far-reaching system of researchers, clinicians, policymakers, advocates, and professionals. From the 2012 GWU Roundtable on prescription drugs, to our upcoming meeting with stakeholders to discuss patient risk, we will strive to continue our role in facilitating open dialogues between diverse groups of stakeholders.
4. Define and catalyze an innovative research agenda for the care of patients with overweight and obesity
The Alliance will engage in an interdisciplinary research agenda based on the premise that obesity is the product of a complex interplay of biologic, genetic, behavioral, cultural, environmental, social, policy, and economic factors. STOP research will be cross-cutting, examining clinical practices, evidence-based strategies, health services and policy as they relate to obesity, and measurements of quality in obesity care.
5. Identify, implement, and evaluate strategies to increase physical activity for patients with obesity
STOP will continue to encourage interventions and environments that support physical activity to improve health, independent of weight or weight loss, resulting in a healthier population. The Alliance will lend energetic support to strategies that promote active living and reduce periods of inactivity in order to increase positive health outcomes.
6. Reduce stigma to improve health outcomes
STOP will continue to cultivate a positive environment by promoting awareness and open discussion among health professionals, opinion leaders, role models, and the public regarding the harmful impact of stigmatizing people with overweight and obesity. The work of STOP and its members will go beyond the role of personal responsibility to promote compassionate, unbiased care.
These are lofty goals, but with the support of our members they can be achieved. More importantly, they are absolutely integral to our shared mission to combat obesity.