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 March E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

Recent, and now recently controversial, statistics have celebrated some good news about obesity rates.  Even if a modest improvement has been made, obesity and type 2 diabetes continue to be prevalent, pervasive and among the greatest causes of premature death in the U.S. and the Western world.

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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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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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Nonprofit Hospitals Urged to Incorporate Obesity in Community Health Benefits

By Alicia Caramenico

May 2, 2013

Nonprofit hospitals should address obesity to qualify for tax-exempt status under federal community health benefit requirements in the Affordable Care Act, according to the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance.

“With the federal value of the hospital tax benefit estimated to be in the billions of dollars, there is a lot at stake,” Scott Kahan, M.D., director of the alliance.

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