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.

Steering Committee Associate Members
National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with nearly 150,000 members.  The Association was founded in 1955 and currently has more than 50 chapters, located in every state, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories. 

The National Association of Social Workers works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain standards for the social work profession, and to advance sound social policies that contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans.

Social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges, with a unique perspective that addresses the person in the context of family and community.   In a variety of settings, social workers help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.

Our nation’s obesity epidemic is taking a severe toll on the physical and mental health of many Americans.  Social workers are responding to this crisis with creative and effective solutions that address the treatment, research, environmental, and policy aspects of this complicated public health issue.

Click here for more information on the National Association of Social Workers.