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.

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 October E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

Happy Halloween! I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable start to the fall. We are looking forward to the beginning of ObesityWeek in Boston on Sunday. ObesityWeek focuses on the basic science, clinical application, surgical interventions and prevention of obesity and is a joint meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Both groups are STOP members. This year’s line-up of educational opportunities and presentations is exceptional and I hope that many of you are planning to attend.

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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 William H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Dietz also heads the Sumner Redstone Global Center on Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University.