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.

Click here to read more.

"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.

STOP Obesity Alliance media recommendations
Recommendations on Reshaping the Conversation on Health and Weight

In keeping with STOP’s goal of reducing stigma to improve health outcomes, we encourage the use of appropriate terminology and people-first language in media related to obesity. The guiding principle for people-first language is to emphasize obesity as a disease rather than an identity. People-first language reduces the stigma of obesity, consistent with the longstanding efforts of the STOP Obesity Alliance (STOP Policy Recommendations). We don't talk about cancer people or diabetes people, nor should we talk about "obese" people. When we talk about "obese" people, we are using the term to define who they are rather than describing the disease that they have. Simply put, people are more than their disease and should be treated as such. People-first language has been successfully adopted for most chronic diseases, but obesity has yet to attain the same goal. The promotion of people-first language will help reduce the prejudice those with obesity face on a daily basis. We need to eliminate the term "obese" from our vocabulary.

The National Eating Disorders Association and the STOP Obesity Alliance released recommendations based on a co-sponsored expert panel discussion on how the media communicates about weight and heath. The document outlines the resulting consensus-based recommendations, identifies objectives aimed at improved communications on health and weight and provides background on the panel. Some key ways the panelists agreed the media could provide better communication about health and weight include:

  • 1. Bridging the Gap between the research community and the public by serving as a translator for the conversation;
  • 2. Working Together with fellow media sources and the private sector, encouraging both to do their part in responsibly discussing weight; and,
  • 3. Changing the Message about weight to focus on health rather than size and encouraging and educating the public about healthy behaviors.

To read the full document including the recommendations, click here.