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New resource on treating obesity available

Tampa, Fla.—The Obesity Action Coalition and the American College of Physicians have a new free resource for health care professionals who treat excess weight and obesity.

"Excess Weight and Your Health—A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight Loss" is a 32-page guidebook and DVD that offers health care professionals a mechanism to introduce the topic of weight into their practices.

"Dentists are very cognizant of overall health and how it relates to the treatment they provide. Diseases like diabetes have a deleterious effect on oral health and link directly to obesity," said Dr. John Fisher, a member of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. "Many dental offices may be interested in using this resource to help their patients understand how their weight affects their oral and overall health."

The DVD features two experts in the field of obesity discussing real patients who have battled, and continue to battle, excess weight and obesity. Dr. Christopher Still, D.O., medical director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at the Geisinger Obesity Institute and Dr. Domenica Rubino, M.D., founder and director, Washington Center for Weight Management and Research, discuss how weight impacts health and what patients can do to manage their weight and improve their health.

"The health care provider–patient conversation of weight is extremely important in the fight against obesity, said Joe Nadglowski, OAC president and CEO. "It is our hope that this resource only further encourages that conversation."

To learn more about the resource or to order a free copy, visit www.obesityaction.org/oacacpdvd.

Patients can also get more information on diet and dental health at the ADA's consumer website, MouthHealthy.org.