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 Members
America’s Health Insurance Plans

Since 2003, America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Obesity Initiative has supported member health insurance plans’ obesity prevention and treatment efforts. AHIP’s ongoing series of forums, programs, grants, educational audio conferences, and roundtables brings health plans and other stakeholders together to discuss the challenges of obesity, review the evidence, develop effective strategies, and share models that work.

For the past several years, the topics of overweight and obesity, as well as prevention and wellness initiatives related to healthy lifestyles and behavior change, have been ongoing focus areas and play an integral role in the curriculum of AHIP’s annual conferences and educational programs, including the Medical Leadership Forum, National Policy Forum, and AHIP’s Institute.

In fall 2008, AHIP released Facing the Challenge of Unhealthy Weight: Recommendations for the Health Care Community, a white paper that offers several recommendations and examines promising programs that health insurance plans and clinicians have developed in collaboration with community partners to encourage body mass index (BMI) screening and address the obesity epidemic. The recommendations are based on the work of the AHIP Expert Panel on Obesity and Related Screening Measures to Improve Health and meetings sponsored by the AHIP Obesity Initiative. Recommendations include making routine BMI screening and interpretation a standard clinical practice; connecting BMI screening to evidence-based prevention and treatment options; and building partnerships and disseminating promising practices among health plans, physicians and clinicians, employers and community groups.

Also released in fall 2008, the AHIP Innovations in Prevention, Wellness and Risk Reduction monograph highlights innovative initiatives that capture health insurance plans’ commitment to programs that prevent disease and improve the lives of their members and their communities by helping them stay well. As illustrated in the 40 profiles featured in the monograph, health plans of all sizes and in every part of the nation are working with other stakeholders to create healthier workplaces, schools, and communities; help individuals and families make better choices about diet and physical activity; and overcome economic, social and cultural barriers to the adoption of preventive practices and healthier lifestyles. Accompanying these profiles are insightful essays by five noted experts who explore the reasons why the related challenges of prevention, wellness and risk reduction for chronic disease require both innovative and comprehensive responses.

AHIP has also developed an obesity Web site containing the latest news and resources on the science and strategies surrounding obesity prevention and treatment.

Click here for more information on America’s Health Insurance Plans.