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 April E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

One of the stated goals of the STOP Obesity Alliance is to identify, implement, and evaluate strategies to increase physical activity for patients with obesity. We renewed our commitment to promoting physical activity when we updated our organizational goals at the beginning of this year.

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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.

Task Force on Women
NOW AVAILABLE: Pounds & Policy: Building a Healthier Nation with Effective Communication and Legislation

New Recommendations from the STOP Obesity Alliance and National Eating Disorders Association

The STOP Obesity Alliance, in conjunction with the National Eating Disorders Association, developed new weight and health discussion guidelines for policymakers. The recommendations call for policymakers to responsibly address weight and health by adhering to the following evidence-based principles when discussing and developing weight-related health policies:

  • Weight is about health, not appearance.
  • Weight status does not necessarily reflect health status.
  • It takes more than willpower to maintain a healthy weight–a strong support system is necessary.
  • Body size and shape are influenced by inherited and environmental factors.
  • BMI is one of many factors in determining a person's weight status as it relates to health.
  • Incremental and sustained weight loss advised by a health care provider is safe and healthy–whereas crash diets are dangerous and can contribute to negative health outcomes.

The STOP Obesity Alliance Task Force on Women strongly encourages the public to take action in helping to gain their acceptance among policymakers.

To view the full set of recommendations, click here.

STOP Obesity Alliance Task Force on Women Statement of Agreement

The STOP Obesity Alliance Task Force on Women — a group of nearly 20 health advocacy organizations — has identified four areas that have a significant impact on weight and obesity in women:

  • The physiological, psychological, cultural and socioeconomic factors of obesity that disproportionately affect women as well as the unique impact of overweight and obesity in women at various points in their lives, including but not limited to puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
  • Pervasive racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence and health outcomes among minority women, particularly African-American, Hispanic and Native American women.
  • Systemic, gender-based biases portrayed in the media and encountered in educational, workplace, social and health care environments, including a focus on redefining and maintaining healthy weight goals based on health rather than societal norms or unrealistic body image ideals.
  • Expectations for women as caretakers and the role they play in influencing and shaping the health behaviors and decisions of their families, especially their children.

Click here to read the full statement.

The Task Force on Women is made up of the following organizations: