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
Gary Foster, PhD

Dr. Gary D. Foster, Ph.D. has been the Chief Science Officer of Weight Watchers International, Inc. since July 3, 2014. Dr. Foster served as a Co-Chief Science Officer at Weight Watchers International, Inc. since August 2013 until July 3, 2014. Dr. Foster has more than 30 years of experience. Dr. Foster previously was the Founder and Director of the Center of Obesity Research and Education and Laura Carnell Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Psychology t Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to Temple, he served as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Mediciane. He has authored or coauthored more than 160 scientific publications and three books on the etiology and treatment of obesity. Dr. Foster’s research interests include the prevention, behavioral determinants, treatments, and effects of obesity in adults and children. Dr. Foster’s recent research topics include the effects of weight loss on diabetes and sleep, and the prevention of obesity in school and community settings. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His research on the school-based prevention of obesity (Pediatrics, 2008) was cited by the American Heart Association as one of the top 10 advances in cardiovascular research in 2008. He also has clinical experience treating overweight patients in individual and group settings for more than 25 years. Dr. Foster also frequently presents at scientific meetings worldwide and has received numerous awards and honors, including: serving as President of the Obesity Society (2008), receiving an Honorary Membership from the American Dietetic Association, and recognition for his Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Foster earned his B.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University, M.S. in Psychology from University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University.