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 August E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

One of the goals of the STOP Obesity Alliance is to base our work on the premise that obesity is the product of a complex interplay of many different factors. The origins of a disease like obesity are numerous and include biologic, genetic, behavioral, cultural, environmental, social, political, and economic influences.

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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.


*New* Weigh In Website provides scenario-based solutions and is created by the STOP Obesity Alliance and Alliance for a Healthier Generation to offer practical advice to discuss weight and health with children.

Click to view the new WeighInGuide.com

Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health is an online guide created by STOP Obesity Alliance and Alliance for a Healthier Generation to fill the information gap and offer practical advice for parents struggling with how to discuss weight and health with their children.

Click here to read the full e-book. For a printable PDF click here.

Hablar Con Sus Hijos Sobre el Peso y la Salud is the Spanish version of the Weigh In guide.

Click here to read the full e-book. For a printable PDF click here.

The Weigh In Discussion ToolKit, based on the Weigh In Guide, provides everything a community leader might need to host a small group discussion with parents to help them talk to their kids about weight and health.

Click here to view the new Discussion ToolKit which includes a facilitator guide, an easy-to-use presentation and other information.

Interested in learning how your organization can host a session? Click here to view the Ways to Weigh In.

Email obesity@gwu.edu if you are interested in learning more about Weigh In or receiving hard copies of the materials.

The toolkit was originally created for the Philadelphia Health Initiative (PHI) but its content can be used by any community leader across the country. The PHI is a group of local, multi-sector stakeholders that have come together to improve obesity and diabetes prevention efforts and to create sustainable interventions in Philadelphia. And, just for Philadelphia families, the Kit includes a local resource list that identifies healthy places to go and things to do in the city.

To view the Philadelphia local resource list click here.

To learn more about the work being done in Philadelphia, email weighinphilly@jefferson.edu.

Content from this report may be reproduced without prior permission provided the following attribution is noted: Copyright © 2013 – STOP Obesity Alliance and Alliance for a Healthier Generation