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.

Steering Committee Associate Members
Melissa A. Napolitano, PhD

Melissa Napolitano, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health, and of Exercise Science at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Prior to joining The George Washington University in 2012, Dr. Napolitano served on the faculties of Brown Medical School and Temple University where she was also a research scientist at the Center for Obesity Research and Education. She completed her undergraduate degree at Yale University, doctoral training in clinical health psychology at Duke University, and post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Brown University.

Dr. Napolitano has both applied and research expertise in physical activity promotion and weight management across the lifespan.  She has provided clinical services to clients in bariatric practices and weight management clinics, as well as training future clinicians on evidence-based practices. Her research includes a blend of face-to-face contacts and technological components and is well-suited for developing multidisciplinary partnerships.  Most recently, Dr. Napolitano’s research has focused on innovative delivery channels, such as social media and virtual reality. The goal of her research is to evaluate and ultimately disseminate effective interventions for healthy lifestyles at both the individual-level and the community-level.

Dr. Napolitano has more than 50 publications and book chapters and more than 90 conference presentations.  Her work has received media coverage by CNN, USA Today and Fox News.

Click here for more information on Melissa Napolitano.