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.

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Advise and Consent

By Eric Seaborg

February 2016


Obesity is such a sensitive issue that many physicians avoid discussing it. Here are some tips on the right (and wrong) ways to broach the subject.
Talking to patients about their weight is a critical task that many physicians find difficult — and even embarrassing. Too many physicians find it so uncomfortable that they avoid it altogether. Or they become so frustrated because “patients don’t listen” that their approach ends up being counter-productive.

But it is worth the effort because it can make a big difference if done in a sensitive manner, according to Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, medical director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance at George Washington University.

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Happy National Employee Wellness Month!
By Dan Cook
June 3, 2014

National Employee Wellness Month — which is this month — owes its existence to a corporation with a stake in corporate wellness. But with companies, universities, government agencies and others jumping on the bandwagon, it might be an idea whose time has come.

Virgin Pulse launched National Employee Wellness Month six years ago in an attempt to focus executive minds on offering wellness programs to employees. This year, Virgin Pulse reports, more than 200 organizations have signed on to offer special wellness opportunities to employees this month.

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U.S. Obesity Rate Levels Off, But Still An Epidemic
By Nanci Hellmich
October 18, 2013

Obesity among U.S. adults is continuing to level off after several decades of skyrocketing growth, new government data show.

In 2012, about 34.9% of the people in this country were obese, which is roughly 35 pounds over a healthy weight. That is not significantly different from the 35.7% who were obese in 2010.

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“Mom, Dad, am I fat?”: Talking to your kids about weight and health
By Alexis Skoufalos, EdD
October 17, 2013

“Mom, Dad, am I fat?” It’s a question that many parents aren’t sure how to answer.

There’s no escaping the fact that people make judgments about who we are based on how we look. For kids who are overweight, especially in the teen years, the bullying can be devastating and have a negative effect for years to come.  And now that school districts are including Body Mass Index assessments as part of children’s physicals, there is the added confusion over what to do if the dreaded “fat letter” arrives saying your child is at an unhealthy weight.

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