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 December E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

Over the course of 2015, STOP Obesity Alliance added several new members, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Egg Nutrition Center, Healthy Weight Partnership, Dr. Monique Turner, TogoRun, and the World Obesity Federation. Now more than ever, our Alliance includes a range of organizations that represent voices crucial to addressing the obesity epidemic.

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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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Fat and Thin Find Common Ground

By Abby Ellin

October 10, 2013

When binge eating disorder gained legitimacy as a full-fledged mental condition in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in May, many people in the eating disorders and obesity communities wondered: Will this inspire us to finally get along?

It was a good question, since historically, the two groups have been at odds.

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How to Talk to Kids About Weight and Health

By Elisa Zied

September 18, 2013

For many children, heading back to school elicits a variety of feelings—both good and bad. Although hitting the books and performing well in class, on the ball field, or while engaging in other pursuits are often top of mind for most kids, those who are overweight or obese may have other concerns. According to a study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, weight-based bullying accounts for 40% of reported teasing in adolescence. In a 2013 review on weight discrimination and bullying, researchers suggest that overweight and obese youth are often victimized, teased, and bullied; that in turn can contribute to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, poor academic and other adverse outcomes.

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Experts suggest modified activities for obese Boy Scouts

By Nanci Hellmich

July 16, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America says it was just looking out for the health and safety of the scouts and their leaders.

To that end, the organization didn’t allow extremely obese scouts and leaders to attend the quadrennial National Scout Jamboree this week…

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Let’s Talk About Childhood Obesity

By Alexis Skoufalos

May 14, 2013

Not so easy, is it?

Childhood obesity affects 1 in every 3 children, but most parents are uncomfortable talking with their children about weight, not knowing what to say or how to say it. For many of us, questions about a child’s weight are particularly difficult to answer, since feelings about overweight and obesity are often complicated by both personal issues and the conflicting messages communicated about weight through media and society at large.

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