Weighing In is a STOP Obesity Alliance Blog

The State of Obamacare Today

Morgan Downey, STOP Alliance Policy Advisor, weighs in on where Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is today as it moves closer to the key date, October 1, 2013. What do you need to know? Individual mandate? State exchanges? Essential health benefits?

STOP Obesity Alliance March E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

Recent, and now recently controversial, statistics have celebrated some good news about obesity rates.  Even if a modest improvement has been made, obesity and type 2 diabetes continue to be prevalent, pervasive and among the greatest causes of premature death in the U.S. and the Western world.

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Dr. Carmona Supports EHB Task Force Recommendations

View Dr. Richard H. Carmona’s, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and the Alliance’s Health and Wellness Chairperson, letter of support for the Essential Health Benefits Task Force recommendations here.

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The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance brings together a diverse and powerful group of consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurers and quality-of-care organizations to stop, think and change how we perceive and approach the problem of obesity, overweight, and weight-related health risks, including heart disease and diabetes.

The goal of the STOP Obesity Alliance is to go beyond awareness and consumer education efforts to identify and address systemic and cultural barriers that are failing to adequately support individual successes.

The STOP Obesity Alliance is focused on:

Conducting and assembling research that identifies any cultural and systemic biases in combating obesity and its related health conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Developing and supporting research-based initiatives to improve care and prevention.

Making recommendations and promoting needed systems changes.

Alliance Initiatives

"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.

Press Release:

Sixth Annual National Employee Wellness Month to be Held in June 2014, Companies Invited to Pledge Support

This June will mark the sixth annual National Employee Wellness Month, an initiative designed to empower business leaders to successfully engage employees in healthy lifestyles.

New Research & Recommendations:

Community Health Benefits for Nonprofit Hospitals

The STOP Obesity Alliance released five research-based, consensus recommendations to help guide nonprofit hospitals in developing programs that address obesity in their communities...

Latest "Weight and the States" Bulletin is Now Available

In this issue, the STOP Obesity Alliance's research team at The George Washington University takes a detailed look at state-by-state Medicaid coverage of obesity treatments, particularly coverage of bariatric surgery and obesity medications. The researchers suggest that providers would benefit from clarity around which patients are appropriate for consideration of obesity medication and bariatric surgery and under what circumstances such treatments will be reimbursed.

Upcoming Events:

Cardiometabolic Health Congress

“It is impossible to separate cardiovascular from metabolic disease when it comes to risk assessment, prevention, and clinical intervention. No other multidisciplinary conference address the breadth and depth of this paradigm like the 9th Annual Cardiometabolic Health Congress – October 22-25, 2014 in Boston, MA.

Latest from Alliance Newsroom:

U.S. Obesity Rate Levels Off, But Still An Epidemic

U.S. Obesity Rate Levels Off, But Still An Epidemic
By Nanci Hellmich
October 18, 2013
Obesity among U.S. adults is continuing to level off after several decades of skyrocketing growth, new government data show.
In 2012, about 34.9% of the people in this country were obese, which is roughly 35 pounds over a healthy weight. That is not significantly [...]