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
Donna Ryan, M.D.

Donna Ryan, M.D. received her medical degree from LSU School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Ryan has a special interest in obesity education and, in particular, in training primary care physicians to incorporate obesity management into their medical practices. She was principal investigator of a U.S. Army Military Nutrition Research grant, and was a co-principal investigator on a number of trials including the NIDDK Look AHEAD study that addresses weight loss in persons with Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Ryan served as President of The Obesity Society (TOS) in 2009-10 and is a 2013 recipient of TOS’s George Bray Founder’s Award.  She has authored more than 180 original publications and 27 chapters and reviews, primarily in the field of obesity. Dr. Ryan was a member of the Louisiana Task Force on Obesity and testified regularly on obesity-related issues before the state legislature.  She served as co-chair of the NIH Expert Panel on Obesity that produced the 2013 NIH/AHA/ACC/TOS Obesity Guidelines 2.