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.
Click here to read more.
View this new on-line guide created that offers practical advice for parents struggling with how to discuss weight and health with their children.
New Tool Prepares Health Care Providers to Discuss Weight and Health With Adult Patients
The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance released a tool for health care providers today that offers guidance and suggestions on how to initiate conversations with adult patients about weight and health. Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients is a unique tool designed to help providers build a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open, productive conversations about weight.
Weight is a complex and sensitive issue, and conversations surrounding the topic can be challenging. Because obesity and overweight affect two-thirds of Americans, health care providers increasingly are being called on to support their patients in matters dealing with weight.
Many providers have concerns about how to begin discussing weight in ways that are empowering and nonjudgmental. The tool discusses potential scenarios providers may face and suggests ways to approach the conversation, including strategies for:
• Building trust and connections
• Beginning the conversation about weight and health
• Assessing patient readiness
• Promoting active listening
• Addressing realistic goals with patients
• Discussing culture, tradition, and social supports
“Research has shown that behavioral and medical treatment can be effective, but improvised and uninformed discussions may stigmatize, shame, or fail to engage patients, to the detriment of the provider-patient relationship and patient outcomes,” said STOP Obesity Alliance Director William H. Dietz, MD, PhD. The Alliance is based at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University. “This tool offers providers a unique and much needed resource that can help them to facilitate conversations about weight,” said Dietz, who is also the director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at Milken Institute SPH.
In addition to skills for building a safe, trusting environment with patients and facilitating productive conversations about weight, the guide also includes practical information on coding and patient accommodation.
STOP developed the guide using a comprehensive process that included conducting an audit of available research on provider-patient communication and consultation with a range of experts from obesity practice and research, primary care practice, nutrition education, women’s health, minority health, and the patient community to offer insight based on their expertise and to guide development of the tool.
“We are thrilled to have taken part in the process to develop this tool and think it does an excellent job of responding to a real need among providers for resources to initiate these difficult conversations,” said Wendy K. Nickel, MPH, Director, Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare for the American College of Physicians. “It is a well-informed and valuable resource for physicians.”
Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients is available on the STOP Obesity Alliance website at www.WhyWeightGuide.org.
About the STOP Obesity Alliance
The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is a collaboration of nearly 90 consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurer and quality-of-care organizations working to drive innovative and practical strategies that combat obesity. The STOP Obesity Alliance is based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. The Alliance receives funding from founding sponsor, Sanofi U.S. LLC, and supporting sponsor, Novo Nordisk Inc. For more information, visitwww.stopobesityalliance.org and follow the Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.