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
National Indian Health Board

The National Indian Health Board advocates on behalf of all Tribal Governments, American Indians and Alaska Natives in their efforts to provide quality health care for all Indian People.  Since 1972, the National Indian Health Board has advised the U.S. Congress, Indian Health Service federal agencies, and private foundations on health care issues of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Elevating the visibility of Indian health care issues has been a struggle shared by Tribal governments, the federal government and private agencies.  The National Indian Health Board consistently plays a major role in focusing attention on Indian health care needs, resulting in progress for Tribes.

Obesity is one of the most critical public health challenges that tribal communities face.  Obesity is a major risk factor for developing a variety of diseases and disorders, and obesity rates of American Indian and Alaska Native youth are growing at a faster rate than any other race or ethnic group (CDC, 2009).  Evidence of this can be found in a 2009 study which stated that 31.2 percent of AI/AN four-year-olds are obese; a rate higher than any other racial or ethnic group studied and almost double the rate among white four-year-olds (Anderson & Whitaker, 2009).  In the older youth, a study found in the Aberdeen area (including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa), 48.1 percent of AI/AN boys ages 5-17 years and 46.3 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native girls ages 5-17 years were overweight or obese in 2006 (Zephier, Story, et al, 2006). 

These alarming statistics are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, asthma, sleep apnea, low self-esteem, depression and social discrimination (CDC, 2008).  And the top ten leading causes of death in the AI/AN population are heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, diabetes, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, suicide, nephritis and influenza (National Center for Health Statistics, 2006).  From 1994 to 2004, AI/AN youth ages 15-19 years experienced a 68 percent increase in diabetes and in 2005, 1,758 AI/AN youth under the age of 19 were diagnosed with diabetes (IHS, 2008).  It is critical from a public health perspective to support efforts to reverse this troubling trend. 

Click here for more information on the National Indian Health Board.