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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Obesity expert William H. Dietz, MD, Ph.D., has been named Director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, a national multi-stakeholder coalition based within Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University. This leadership transition comes as part of Dr. Dietz’s recent transition to Milken Institute SPH, where he heads the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness.
“We are delighted that Dr. Dietz will take the helm as director,” said Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, who currently serves as STOP’s Director. “He will strengthen the capability of the STOP leadership team, allowing us to broaden our horizons as we continue to identify gaps in obesity issues and work to create solutions to help prevent them.”
Dr. Kahan will remain an integral part of the STOP team and reassume his prior role as the organization’s Clinical Advisor, providing counsel for the Alliance’s health research initiatives including the work on STOP’s health care provider tool, currently in development and expected to launch later this year. Founding Director Christine Ferguson, JD, also continues in her role as Strategic Initiatives Advisor, providing insights to help inform STOP’s work.
“Since STOP’s inception, Bill has been dedicated to our work as one of the founding Steering Committee members. We are fortunate the coalition can further benefit from his extensive knowledge and large breadth of obesity experience,” said Ferguson.
From 1997-2012, Dr. Dietz directed the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. After leaving the CDC, he served as consultant to the Institute of Medicine and a senior advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to focus on solutions to the obesity epidemic. Dr. Dietz is a pediatrician with a portfolio that includes more than 200 published research papers in scientific journals. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine and has served on numerous advisory boards. Dr. Dietz participated in the creation of the landmark 1998 Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity that re-classified many “normal weight” Americans as overweight.
“I’m looking forward to leading the Alliance,” Dr. Dietz said. “The coalition has made great strides over the past seven years to change the conversation in America about overweight, obesity and weight-related health risks through its multi-pronged approach to address the issue,” Dietz said. “With our members and work in the area, I believe we will achieve a healthier future.”
About the STOP Obesity Alliance
The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is a collaboration of more than 80 consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurers and quality-of-care organizations united to drive innovative and practical strategies that combat obesity. The Alliance receives funding from founding sponsor, Sanofi U.S. LLC, and supporting sponsor, Novo Nordisk Inc. For more information, visit www.stopobesityalliance.org and follow the Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.
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