The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is a call to action for every healthcare worker dedicated to preventing disease in the 21st century. Among adults under the age of 70, obesity is second only to tobacco in the number of deaths it causes each year. The B’more Fit for Healthy Babies program has a particular interest in the promotion of healthy bodies and lifestyles among reproductive age women. The purpose of this toolkit is to offer healthcare providers resources to improve their counseling and interactions with individuals affected by excess weight.
Much of the information presented in this toolkit was drawn from national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by obesity. The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity seeks to improve the world’s diet, prevent obesity, and reduce weight stigma by establishing creative connections between science and public policy, developing targeted research, encouraging frank dialogue among key constituents, and expressing a dedicated commitment to real change. A comprehensive toolkit for providers, including information on improving provider-patient interactions, can be found at biastoolkit.uconnruddcenter.org.
The Obesity Action Coalition is a nearly 50,000 member-strong national non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to individuals affected by the disease of obesity and helping them along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy and support. It works to raise awareness and improve access to the prevention and treatment of obesity, provide evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments, fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination, and offer a community of support for the individual affected. Visit www.obesityaction.org for resources and information on how to join.