Talking about excess weight can be awkward. But talking about it with your health-care provider can also be lifesaving.
To help foster that conversation, Obesity Action Coalition, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping obese individuals, has launched two free programs: one for patients, one for doctors.
“Millions of Americans are affected by excess weight or obesity, but unfortunately, regular conversations between patients and their healthcare providers about weight rarely occur,” said Joe Nadglowski, obesity coalition president.
He hopes these tools encourage that discussion.
The “Your Weight Matters” campaign gives patients the tools and the motivation to jumpstart the conversation.
Patients go to www.YourWeightMatters.org and pledge to talk to their healthcare providers about their weight. Then they receive a Your Weight Matters tool kit, which includes a food journal, exercise tips, and questions to ask their doctor.
Because many health-care providers are neither equipped nor skilled at talking to their overweight and obese patients about their weight, the coalition teamed created a second free program.
In a joint effort with American College of Physicians, the two groups recently launched “Excess Weight and Your Health – A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight Loss.”
The new guide, which includes a 32-page book and DVD, gives health-care professionals tools to discuss the impact of obesity and the latest weight loss options with patients.
“The health-care provider–patient conversation of weight is extremely important,” said Nadglowski.
The DVD features two of the leading experts in the field of obesity: Dr. Christopher Still, medical director for the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at the Geisinger Obesity Institute and Dr. Domenica Rubino, founder and director of the Washington Center for Weight Management and Research.
For a free copy of the “Excess Weight and Your Health” DVD and guidebook, providers may visit www.obesityaction.org/oacacpdvd.
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