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.
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?
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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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.
By Christine Ferguson, J.D., Sarah Kornblet, J.D., M.P.H., and Anna Muldoon
Women’s Health Issues Sept/Oct 2009 – Invited Commentary
Obesity has been getting a lot of attention these days. As the relationship between obesity and diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers has become clearer, the economic and social imperative to aggressively attack obesity has intensified. Obese individuals face multiple forms of prejudice and discrimination because of their weight. Although there is a negative bias toward obese people in general, several studies have examined gender differences in perceived stigma and quality of life among obese patients, with most studies finding women experiencing significantly more negative social and psychological effects from obesity.
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