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 July E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

Thank you for the warm welcome to my new role with the STOP Obesity Alliance. It’s been an exciting time as I settle in at the George Washington University. As I’ve been working with the STOP staff to discuss our body of work and future direction internally, the external obesity landscape continues to evolve rapidly.

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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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Happy National Employee Wellness Month!
By Dan Cook
June 3, 2014

National Employee Wellness Month — which is this month — owes its existence to a corporation with a stake in corporate wellness. But with companies, universities, government agencies and others jumping on the bandwagon, it might be an idea whose time has come.

Virgin Pulse launched National Employee Wellness Month six years ago in an attempt to focus executive minds on offering wellness programs to employees. This year, Virgin Pulse reports, more than 200 organizations have signed on to offer special wellness opportunities to employees this month.

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USAToday

U.S. Obesity Rate Levels Off, But Still An Epidemic
By Nanci Hellmich
October 18, 2013

Obesity among U.S. adults is continuing to level off after several decades of skyrocketing growth, new government data show.

In 2012, about 34.9% of the people in this country were obese, which is roughly 35 pounds over a healthy weight. That is not significantly different from the 35.7% who were obese in 2010.

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“Mom, Dad, am I fat?”: Talking to your kids about weight and health
By Alexis Skoufalos, EdD
October 17, 2013

“Mom, Dad, am I fat?” It’s a question that many parents aren’t sure how to answer.

There’s no escaping the fact that people make judgments about who we are based on how we look. For kids who are overweight, especially in the teen years, the bullying can be devastating and have a negative effect for years to come.  And now that school districts are including Body Mass Index assessments as part of children’s physicals, there is the added confusion over what to do if the dreaded “fat letter” arrives saying your child is at an unhealthy weight.

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Portly Taft Helped Usher In Modern Obesity Care
By Lauran Neergaard
October 14, 2013

Way before Weight Watchers or “The Biggest Loser,” a president known for his girth was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity.

Got a nagging doctor? The 27th president, William H. Taft did, way back in the early 1900s. A medical historian has analyzed letters between the two, complete with food diaries and daily weigh-ins surely recognizable to many of today’s dieters.

Have a problem with yo-yo dieting and weight gain? Yep, Taft did, too.

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