Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients

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.

An Integrated Framework For The Prevention And Treatment Of Obesity And Its Related Chronic Diseases

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.

Weighing In is a STOP Obesity Alliance Blog

STOP Obesity Alliance December E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

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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"Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health"

View this new on-line guide created that offers practical advice for parents struggling with how to discuss weight and health with their children.

Associate Members Title

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

American Association of Diabetes Educators

American Association of Diabetes Educators is a multidisciplinary association of healthcare professionals dedicated to integrating successful self-management as a key outcome in the care of people with diabetes and related conditions.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

American Association of Nurse Practitioners was formed in 1985 as the first national organization created for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It is the largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for NPs and represents more than 189,000 NPs currently practicing in the United States.

American Board of Obesity Medicine

The American Board of Obesity Medicine is the national organization that oversees the certification of obesity medicine physicians — physicians with expertise in the sub-specialty of obesity medicine; competency in and a thorough understanding of the treatment of obesity; and the genetic, biologic, environmental, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to obesity.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a membership organization dedicated to the advancement of women’s health care through continuing medical education, practice and research.

American College of Preventive Medicine

The American College of Preventive Medicine is the national professional society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health promotion.

American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

American Council on Exercise®

American Council on Exercise® (ACE ®) is a nonprofit organization committed to America’s health and wellbeing through safe and effective exercise and physical activity.

American Institute for Cancer Research

The American Institute for Cancer Research is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results.

American Medical Women’s Association

The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health.

American Sleep Apnea Association

The American Sleep Apnea Association is the only non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about sleep apnea and to serving people with this common disorder.

American Society for Nutrition

The American Society for Nutrition is dedicated to bringing together the world’s top nutrition research scientists to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition. American Society for Nutrition is a not-for-profit scientific society with over 4,200 members in more than 75 countries working in academia, practice, government, and industry.

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is a national membership organization committed to improving the health of America’s underserved populations and to enhancing the development and support of the clinicians, students, and advocates serving these populations.

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is a leader among the nation’s nursing associations, serving more than 23,000 health care professionals who care for women and infants across the United States and abroad.

Binge Eating Disorder Association

Binge Eating Disorder Association is the national organization focusing on increased prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for binge eating disorder.

Campaign to End Obesity

The Campaign to End Obesity was established to bring together organizations and individuals from across an array of interests to collaborate in the fight to reverse America’s costly obesity epidemic.

Canadian Obesity Network

With nearly 10,000 professional members, the Canadian Obesity Network is the world’s largest organization working to change the way policy makers and health professionals approach obesity while improving public access to evidence-based prevention and treatment resources.

Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service

The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service is dedicated to improving and protecting the public health of the United States by addressing unmet health needs and providing support for its more than 7,000 members.


The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) serves as a locus for interdisciplinary collaboration in the prevention of obesity through education and research.


DiabetesSisters is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women with and at risk of developing diabetes and to advocate on their behalf.

Egg Nutrition Center

The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) is a credible source of nutrition and health science information and the acknowledged leader in research and education related to eggs. ENC monitors scientific findings and regulatory developments, and serves as a resource for health practitioners in need of current nutrition information to share with their patients.

Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology.


fit is a national initiative, developed by Sanford Health and WebMD, where we are taking a fun, fresh, holistic approach aimed at promoting and activating healthy choices and actions for children and families.

Ginger Winston, MD, MPH

Ginger Winston, MD, MPH, has recently joined the George Washington University as an Associate Professor of Medicine at GW’s Medical Faculty Associates. She is actively engaged in obesity reduction research and patient care in both the weight management practice and primary care practice at the GW.

Healthcare Leadership Council

The Healthcare Leadership Council is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.


HealthCorps® is a 501 (C) 3 co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the world-renowned cardiac surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife, Lisa Oz, to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps® is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.

Healthy Weight Partnership

Healthy Weight Partnership distributes and supports expert-developed programs and services that empower children and their families to manage their weight and improve their health, fitness and self-esteem in a sustainable way.


HealthyWomen, a national, nonprofit organization, is the nation’s leading independent health information source for women.

Hepatitis Foundation International

The Hepatitis Foundation International promotes liver health/wellness to reduce the incidence of obesity and other liver-related preventable diseases.

Institute for Health and Productivity Management

The Institute for Health and Productivity Management is a global enterprise devoted to establishing the value of employee health as an investment in human capital and organizational performance.

Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine

The Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine is a non-profit organization focused on the elimination of health disparities among under-represented and underserved multicultural communities.

International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association

International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide.

Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health

The Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health (JIWH) was founded in 1990 to continuously improve the health care of women across their lifespan and in all populations.

Jefferson School of Population Health

The Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH), established in 2008, is one of six schools and colleges that constitute Thomas Jefferson University, a leading academic health center founded in Philadelphia in 1824 as Jefferson Medical College.

Joslin Diabetes Center

Joslin Diabetes Center, a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a one-of-a-kind institution on the front lines of the world epidemic of diabetes.

Lisa W. Martin, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Lisa W. Martin, MD is the director for the Lipid Research Clinic and Cardiac Prevention Clinic at The George Washington University.

Medicaid Health Plans of America – Center for Best Practices

Medicaid Health Plans of America represents over 100 urban and rural health plans dedicated to serving the low income population’s medical, health, and social/economic needs. Its Center for Best Practices was created in 2010 to provide research, information, and evaluation on important issues facing Medicaid health plans and their members.

Melissa A. Napolitano, PhD

Melissa Napolitano, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health, and of Exercise Science at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Microclinic International

Microclinic International is a public health nonprofit that seeks to revolutionize how deadly diseases are prevented and managed worldwide. Building on epidemiological evidence suggesting that healthy behaviors are transmittable across social networks, the microclinic strategy leverages human relationships to address chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS.

Monique Mitchell Turner, Ph.D.

Dr. Monique Mitchell Turner is an Associate Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. in communication from Michigan State University. Turner has held faculty positions in Departments of Communication at the University of Oklahoma, University of Texas, and the University of Maryland.

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association, founded in 1988 to link the chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory to provide a national forum for chronic disease prevention and control efforts.

National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world that works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain standards for the social work profession, and to advance sound social policies that contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans.

National Black Nurses Association

The National Black Nurses Association represents more than 150,000 African-American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the United States, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 79 chartered chapters, in 34 states.

National Council of La Raza

The National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

National Hispanic Medical Association

The National Hispanic Medical Association, a non-profit association representing 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States, was established in 1994 to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations.

National Indian Health Board

The National Indian Health Board advocates on behalf of all Tribal Governments, American Indians and Alaska Natives in their efforts to provide quality health care for all Indian People.

Obesity Medicine Association

The Obesity Medicine Association is the largest organization of clinicians dedicated to preventing, treating, and reversing the disease of obesity.

OWL – The Voice of Women 40+

OWL is a national grassroots membership organization that focuses soley on improving the status and quality of life for midlife and older women.

Peter Vash, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.

Peter D. Vash, MD, MPH, FACE, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA Medical Center and Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, is a board certified internist and a Certified Obesity Specialist who specializes in endocrinology and metabolism with an emphasis on obesity.

Rebecca Puhl, Ph.D.

Rebecca Puhl, Ph.D. is the director of research and anti-stigma initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.

Red Hot Mamas

Red Hot Mamas is the nation’s largest menopause management education program. Its mission is to broaden the base of women’s knowledge about menopause and empower them to become educated healthcare consumers and active participants in the management of their menopause.

Stephen Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr Cook is an Associate Professor of Pediatric and the Center for Community Health. Dual board certified in adult and pediatric medicine, Dr. Cook focuses on childhood and adolescent obesity from the perspective of epidemiologic research on cardiovascular risk factors to clinical studies on approaches to prevention and intervention.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is a private, not-for-profit community healthcare system committed to transforming care, advancing health and improving lives. With a vision of leading the community to be the healthiest in the nation, TMH serves a 16-county region in North Florida and South Georgia.

The American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a diverse community of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists united by a commitment to excellence.

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue, through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives.

The COSHAR Foundation Inc.

The COSHAR Foundation Inc., founded in 1995 out of a commitment to underserved communities and the nation at large, focuses on health, education, empowerment and outreach.

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University’s vision is to be the world’s healthiest university. Ohio State was the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. to appoint a chief wellness officer.

The Primary Care Metabolic Group

The Primary Care Metabolic Group (PCMG) is a national educational initiative providing comprehensive metabolic disease education.

The Society of Behavioral Medicine

The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators, and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and the application of that knowledge to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations.


TogoRun is a mission-based, award-winning international health and well-being communications agency, dedicated to helping its clients exceed their communications and business goals through customized strategies that translate into results that matter.

Women In Government Foundation, Inc.

Women In Government Foundation, Inc. is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators providing leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums, and educational resources.


WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient advocacy organization serving the 42 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease – the number one killer of women.

World Obesity Federation

World Obesity Federation represents professional members of the scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations.