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.
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency that provides cardiovascular research, information and advocacy and whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Perspective: Fighting Obesity through Education and Advocacy
The American Heart Association recognizes obesity as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack. Also, even when there are no adverse effects on the known risk factors, obesity by itself increases risk of heart disease. It also harms more than just the heart and blood vessel system. It’s a major cause of gallstones and can worsen degenerative joint disease.
The American Heart Association is fighting obesity through their work in support of greater funding for both the National Institute for Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also publishes various educational materials focused on managing weight, physical activity and tips for a healthy heart.
It is also a member of various coalitions that are focused on promoting physical activity, healthy school meals, a combination of good nutrition and activity, and time for children to play.
Overall, the American Heart Association’s work in this area is predicated on advancing its mission, in particular, to achieving the current strategic goal: reduction of coronary artery disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. Pillars of both prevention and risk reduction include diet and physical activity.