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.

Policy Recommendations
NEW: Community Health Benefits for Nonprofit Hospitals

The STOP Obesity Alliance released five research-based, consensus recommendations to help guide nonprofit hospitals in developing programs that address obesity in their communities. The recommendations offer hospitals a research-based range of opportunities to invest in community health as part of their community benefit activities. The Alliance is available as a resource for nonprofit hospitals that choose to address obesity as a part of their federal community health benefit requirements.

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STOP Obesity Alliance Revised Recommendations

The Alliance's policy recommendations focus on five key areas where both the private and public sectors can impact the nation's ongoing struggle.

Recommendation One: Redefining Success

Explore the use of a five to ten percent sustained reduction of current weight as the appropriate measure of success for the purpose of determining whether treatment interventions and innovations are effective.

Recommendation Two: Encourage Innovation and Multifactorial Interventions to Strengthen the System of Care for Overweight and Obesity

Aggressively explore multifactorial interventions that can achieve a five to ten percent sustained weight loss for those whose condition has not been successfully addressed solely by nutrition and physical activity and for whom bariatric surgery is not an option. Motivate payers, insurers and employers to encourage innovation around these treatments and disease management.

Recommendation Three: Address and Reduce Stigma as a Barrier to Improving Health Outcomes

Cultivate a positive environment by promoting awareness and open discussion among health professionals, opinion leaders, role models (e.g., parents, teachers, coaches) and the public of the harmful impact of stigmatizing people with overweight and obesity and promote interventions that provide support for sustained weight loss and go beyond recognizing the role of personal responsibility.

Recommendation Four: Broaden, Intensify and Coordinate the Research Agenda for Obesity

Encourage an interdisciplinary research environment that addresses the obesity epidemic as a result of a complex interplay of biological, genetic, behavioral, cultural, environmental, social, policy and economic factors.

Recommendation Five: Encouraging Physical Activity for Improved Health

Encouraging interventions and creating environments that support physical activity will improve health, independent of weight or weight loss, resulting in a healthier population.

To see the full recommendations, click here.