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 November E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

Earlier this month, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society co-hosted ObesityWeek in Boston. It was wonderful to see so many STOP members in attendance, particularly for the release of our Why Weight? guide.

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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.

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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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