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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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 research from the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance sheds light on the challenges and opportunities for nonprofit hospitals to address obesity through community benefit activities. Nonprofit hospitals can use the insights offered in the paper to inform their decisions around obesity programming. The paper offers guidance on issues such as how to select community partners, how to determine the scope of an intervention, and which obesity-specific factors to take into account when developing programs. Findings included in the paper from the Alliance's research team at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services include a lack of proven community-based programs that directly address obesity in adults; a need to reduce stigma; and the value of effective partnerships.
The STOP Obesity Alliance's Essential Benefits Task Force developed consensus recommendations to help inform the Secretary and the IOM regarding treatments for obesity and related co-morbidities that should be considered essential health benefits and covered by all non-grandfathered qualified health plans. At the root of these recommendations is the belief that obesity and weight-related interventions should not be treated differently than any other health condition.
The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance released the first navigation tool designed to guide public- and private-sector decision makers as they work to reduce obesity, overweight, and weight-related health risks in the United States. The new Obesity GPS (Guide for Policy and Program Solutions) will help these leaders develop, analyze and evaluate the most common types of proposals: research initiatives, specific health interventions, and policies that may impact health care and health care professionals.
The STOP Obesity Alliance, in conjunction with the National Eating Disorders Association, developed new weight and health discussion guidelines for policymakers. The recommendations call for policymakers to responsibly address weight and health by adhering to evidence-based principles when discussing and developing weight-related health policies.
Focus on five key areas where both the private and public sectors can impact the nation's ongoing struggle: redefining success, encouraging invitation and best practices, addressing and reducing stigma and broadening the research agenda.