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.
Ginger Winston, MD, MPH, has recently joined the George Washington University as an Associate Professor of Medicine at GW’s Medical Faculty Associates. She is actively engaged in obesity reduction research and patient care in both the weight management practice and primary care practice at the GW. Previously, Dr. Winston was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College where she had dual appointments in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Services. Dr. Winston’s research focuses on behavioral interventions aimed to reduce the prevalence of obesity in Black and Hispanic communities, with an emphasis on body image perception and the role of social networks in promoting weight loss. Her formal research training includes a fellowship in general medicine at Columbia University, where she earned a MPH focused on health policy and epidemiology. She was the recipient of an Investigator Research Supplement award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to investigate body image perception and social network characteristics associated with weight loss in the Small Changes and Lasting Effects (SCALE) behavior change weight loss study. Dr. Winston’s long-term goal is to advance the current understanding of how social networks impact weight control behavior in African American and Hispanic communities and how networks can be leveraged to promote weight loss.