Tampa, Fla. – The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) are proud to unveil a brand-new free resource, “Excess Weight and Your Health – A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight Loss,” developed specifically for healthcare professionals treating excess weight and obesity.

“Excess Weight and Your Health – A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight Loss” is a combination of a 32-page guidebook and DVD which provides healthcare professionals with a mechanism to introduce the topic of weight into their practices. From an in-depth look at weight to information on today’s latest weight-loss options, this resource provides viewers and readers with a thorough look at excess weight and obesity, and its effect on health.

“As the OAC is the only nonprofit whose sole focus is representing individuals affected by obesity, and ACP, a leading physician organization, we welcomed the opportunity to work together on this project. The healthcare provider–patient conversation of weight is extremely important in the fight against obesity. It is our hope that this resource only further encourages that conversation,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

The DVD features two of the leading experts in the field of obesity discussing real patients who have battled, and continue to battle, excess weight and obesity. Dr. Christopher Still, DO, Medical Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at the Geisinger Obesity Institute and Dr. Domenica Rubino, MD, Founder and Director, Washington Center for Weight Management and Research, provide an insightful look at how weight impacts health and what patients can do to manage their weight and improve their health.

“ACP is committed to helping patients understand their health, especially for complex conditions like obesity,” said Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, ACP President. “’Excess Weight and Your Health’ also will help our internal medicine physicians engage in conversations with their patients around obesity and weight loss.”

The OAC is a National nonprofit charity dedicated to helping individuals affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools.