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

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 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.

Past Events
Has America Reached its Tipping Point on Obesity?

September 9th, 2009

The STOP Obesity Alliance released recommendations for addressing obesity within health reform as part of a public discussion in Washington, D.C. on September 9. The recommendations will provide policymakers with considerations in their efforts to effectively address obesity in forthcoming reform bills.

Introduction & Remarks

Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., STOP Obesity Alliance Health & Wellness Chairperson, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006)



David Satcher, M.D., M.P.H., The Satcher Leadership Institute Director, 16th Surgeon General of the United States (1998-2002)



Christine Ferguson, J.D., STOP Obesity Alliance Director

Recommendation: Standardized and effective clinical interventions

Morgan Downey, J.D., STOP Obesity Alliance Policy Advisor, provides an overview of the Alliance recommendations and Joe Nadglowski, Jr., Obesity Action Coalition, provides commentary on the need for standardized and effective clinical interventions, flowing from evidence-based guidelines, such as those approved by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), that include acknowledging the health benefits of five to ten percent sustained weight loss to aid and support those individuals who are currently overweight or obese achieve improved health.

Recommendation: Enhanced use of clinical preventive services

Morgan Downey discusses the importance of enhanced use of clinical preventive services to monitor health status and help prevent weight gain, especially for individuals who are already overweight and are at risk of becoming obese.

Recommendation: Effective, evidence-based community programs and policies

Jeff Levi, Ph.D., Trust for America’s Health, outlines the importance of effective, evidence-based community programs and policies that encourage and support healthy lifestyles, focus on health literacy, address health disparities, and represent a significant investment in population-based prevention of obesity.

Recommendation: Coordinated research efforts

Helen Darling, National Business Group on Health, discusses the need for research efforts to build the evidence for all three of the previous recommendations, continuously improving quality of care, bolstering our understanding of what does and does not work in various settings, and helping to translate the scientific research into practice recommendations for real-world clinical settings and communities.

Q&A and Closing Remarks

Dr. Carmona provides closing remarks on the discussion and takes questions from the audience on the role of the Surgeon General and the impact of stigma associated with obesity in America.
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Click here to view the recommendations.

Click here to read the press release.