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 September E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

We often talk about community-based efforts to prevent and reduce obesity, but we may not realize that these initiatives aimed at the broader public actually have origins within a clinical setting. The Affordable Care Act placed a heavier emphasis on public health and prevention efforts throughout the entire health care system, strengthening the role that hospitals play in community health promotion.

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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
RSVP Today for “Can Women Continue Carrying the Weight of the World?” Discussion

June 30th, 2010

Join the STOP Obesity Alliance, Khaliah Ali, HRSA’s Office on Women’s Health and Other Health Groups to Explore the Unique Impact of Obesity and Chronic Disease on the Family’s “Chief Health Officer”

 Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 209/208

9:30 a.m.

As women’s roles in society have changed, so have their waistlines.  Today, a disproportionate number of American women are affected by obesity and chronic disease – more than 65 million are currently considered overweight or obese.  Because women play such an influential role in American families as the “Chief Health Officer,” it is important to take a close look at barriers women face in achieving a healthy weight and helping their families—particularly their children—fight the extra weight that leads many to serious diseases.    

Join the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance Task Force on Women for a panel discussion that will explore the biological, cultural, socioeconomic and psychological factors affecting women at various points in their lives; the pervasive racial and ethnic disparities; systemic and gender biases women encounter in various settings; the roles mothers play in influencing health behaviors; and, the confusion over what defines successful weight loss.  The Task Force on Women is a sub-group of the STOP Obesity Alliance’s more than 40 coalition members that represent a wide range of consumer, labor, business, medical, government, insurance and quality-of-care organizations.

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2010

9:15 a.m. – Registration/Coffee and light refreshments

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion

Where: The Capitol Visitor Center

First Street, NE (at East Capitol St., NE)

Senate Meeting Room SVC 209/208

Directions: The Capitol Visitor Center entrance is underground on First St., NE at East Capitol St., NE; once you go through security, go through the glass doors and to the right to head down the escalator to the Senate Meeting Rooms.  Please check in at the Senate Appointments Desk near the escalator.


  • Women’s Health Advocate Khaliah Ali
  • STOP Obesity Alliance Director Christine Ferguson, J.D.
  • HRSA Office of Women’s Health Director Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Ph.D.
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators Chief Advocacy Officer Martha L. Rinker
  • Black Women’s Health Imperative Director of Programs Valerie L. Rochester
  • National Council of La Raza’s Institute for Hispanic Health Program Manager Manuela McDonough, MPH, CPH
  • WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease Director of Public Policy Susan Campbell

RSVP: Seating is limited.  Please reply by emailing obesity@ccapr.com or contacting Katherine Lea at 202.609.6021.