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
Stephen Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

Stephen Cook, MD, MPH completed his undergraduate studies at Niagara University where he obtained a BS in Biology with Honors. He received his MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Dentistry. He went on to complete a dual residency of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics through the Graduate Medical Education Consortium at SUNY Buffalo. He served as chief resident of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Dr Cook completed an Academic Primary Care Fellowship through the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine and also received his Masters in Public Health degree.

Dr Cook is an Associate Professor of Pediatric and the Center for Community Health. Dual board certified in adult and pediatric medicine, Dr. Cook focuses on childhood and adolescent obesity from the perspective of epidemiologic research on cardiovascular risk factors to clinical studies on approaches to prevention and intervention. Dr. Cook also focuses Community and Health Services Research involving the identification, screening, prevention, and management of childhood obesity. He has conducted several community levels studies on the prevalence of childhood obesity, the county-wide distribution of food outlets and recreation centers. He has directed community intervention projects for obesity prevention in the early childcare setting, as well as a county wide learning collaborative with primary care practices for childhood obesity. This Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative meets Part IV of Maintenance of Certification for both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Family Physicians. Dr Cook is also a noted researcher in the area of cardio-metabolic abnormalities among obese children and adolescents. He published the first national study on the Metabolic Syndrome among U.S. teens and has a career development award from NHLBI to study cardiometabolic effects of obesity and tobacco on youth.

Dr Cook has served on regional and national committees for the American Heart Association, The Obesity Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Section on Obesity and on the Steering Committee for the Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight for the AAP. He will be serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the Pediatric Obesity Section for The Obesity Society.

State Medical License: New York
Medical Residency: Graduate Medical-Dental Consortium, School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics & Obesity Medicine