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.

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Obesity and Health Care Reform

By Morgan Downey, JD

Obesity is a major public health problem and is growing in prevalence and severity. Projections indicate continued growth with strong gender, race and ethnic differences.  Morbid obesity is also increasing significantly.  Many obstacles have persisted which have impeded effective public policies to address the issue.  Health care reform presents unparalleled opportunities to change the approaches to obesity in a way to positively improve individual and public health.  Simple solutions will not be adequate; rather, a complete integration of evidence-based interventions into the nation’s health care system is required.  Costs will be significant, yet the costs of inaction will be greater.  Recommendations are offered for the integration of obesity prevention and intervention measures.

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