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 August E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

A recent JAMA article (2014;174:615) that critiqued the FDA’s decision to approve Belviq and Qsymia for weight loss included the following statement: “Although treatment options are limited, obesity is not an emergency – it is not even a disease, but rather a risk factor for disease.” This statement has sparked a vigorous debate.

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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.

About the Alliance Title

Purpose Statement

The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is a collaboration of consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurers and quality-of-care organizations united to drive innovative and practical strategies that combat obesity.

The Alliance's goal is to help reverse America's rising trend in obesity and related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers by:
  • Identifying and breaking down cultural and systemic biases around obesity;
  • Re-defining success as sustained weight loss based on health rather than only by societal norms;
  • Highlighting research-based initiatives and technologies to improve prevention and care; and
  • Identifying, recommending and promoting innovations in community, employer, and healthcare delivery and financing systems.

The STOP Obesity Alliance will foster change in society's perceptions of, and approaches to, preventing and treating obesity in the context of the real-world environment in which we live.

The STOP Obesity Alliance is directed by Scott Kahan, M.D., M.P.H., director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness and faculty member at The George Washington University's School of Public Health & Health Services.