debuts new tools for healthcare providers

The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance recently released a website and a series of educational videos for healthcare providers as part of its continued effort to improve communication with patients affected by obesity. The information is based on STOP’s Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients, a unique tool designed to help providers build a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open, productive conversations about weight. This series is part of a larger effort STOP is making to improve the patient experience and educate health care providers. The Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients series of information is available at

American Board of Obesity Medicine Board Member Scott Kahan, MD, MPH serves as STOP’s medical director and is featured in the video series, including a dramatization on what health care providers should not do when addressing a patient’s weight.

“One of the most common concerns I hear from physicians is that they have no training in how to talk to patients about weight and obesity. We created this resource to fill this hole,” says Kahan. “I hope that physicians and patients, alike, can benefit from the insights, tools, and guidance in the Why Weight? website.”

Click here to view an overview of the Why Weight? tool content.

Click here to view a series of Why Weight? videos.