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.
Peter D. Vash, MD, MPH, FACE, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA Medical Center and Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, is a board certified internist and a Certified Obesity Specialist who specializes in endocrinology and metabolism with an emphasis on obesity. While at UCLA Medical Center as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, he finished his fellowship training in endocrinology and established an outpatient obesity clinic to study the clinical and dietary effects of a high protein, low calorie protein sparing modified fast on weight loss and safety. Vash is a past President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and has also served on the board of The Obesity Society. He has a private practice working with the overweight and obese patients, overweight patients with Type 2 diabetes and those with eating disorders. He is also the Medical Director of Lindora, a medically based commercial weight loss clinic system based in Southern California.