Overweight/Obesity Prevention

Weight issues

Find general and background information related to overweight and obesity prevention as well as audience specific resources, fad diet information, reports and guidelines, and online tools.



Aim for a Healthy Weight cover Aim for a Healthy Weight

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Summary of information found in the NHLBI Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Geared toward consumers.


WIN program logo Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-Control Information Network.

Fact sheet to help consumers choose a safe weight loss plan that is right for them.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Body Mass Index Calculators

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Interactive BMI calculators for Adults or Children/Teens. Also links to information on interpreting BMI. Includes English or Metric calculator options.


U.S. Obesity Trends

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Includes national obesity trends, trends by state, and county-specific obesity, diabetes, and physical inactivity prevalence with national and state maps.


National Weight Control Registry

Brown Medical School. National Weight Control Registry.

National Weight Control Registry is a database of people who have successfully lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least one year. Article reviews successful weight loss strategies gleaned from participants in the registry.


Harvard School of Public Healthy Obesity Prevention Website

Harvard School of Public Health.

the Obesity Prevention Source website aims to give the public, healthy professionals, public health practitioners, business and community leaders, and policymakers quick and easy access to science-based information about obesity's causes, its dire consequences, and what must be done to turn back obesity's global spread.


Obesity and Overweight for Professionals: Data and Statistics: Adult Obesity

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Information, data and facts about adult obesity, including State Obesity Prevalence and State Obesity Map.


Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Balancing Calories to Manage Weight (PDF | 956 KB)

United States Department of Health and Human Services; United States Department of Agriculture.

This chapter of the 2010 Dietary Guideline for Americans discusses the key recommendations for weight management, including those for special population groups. Provides information on diet, physical activity and maintaining appropriate calorie balance.


Learn Behaviors to Help You Lose Weight

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.


Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit

Rural Assistance Center.

This toolkit is designed to help you evaluate opportunities for developing an obesity prevention program and provide resources and best practices developed by successful obesity prevention programs.


Calories Count: FDA Obesity Working Group Report and Related Information

USDA. FDA. Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition.

"Calories Count" documents from the FDA's Obesity Working Group which include links to reports, letters and press releases related to obesity such as: FDA Proposes Action Plan to Confront Nation's Obesity Problem.


Food and Nutrition Information Center Logo Weight Management and Obesity Resource List (PDF | 285 KB)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

List provides reliable nutrition information about obesity and weight loss in a variety of information formats: articles, pamphlets, books, and full-text materials on the World Wide Web.


Fad Diets: What You May Be Missing

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Discusses ways to distinguish a fad diet, including "Ten Red Flags That Signal Bad Nutrition Advice". Site also provides practical and proven strategies for weight loss.


Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: How Much Do You Really Know?

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-Control Information Network.

Provides objective information to help combat misconceptions concerning weight loss, nutrition, and diets.


For Health Professionals

Aim for A Healthy Weight
DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
In addition to the First Federal guidelines on the identification, evaluation and treatment of overweight and obesity, this page provides a summary of the report, a link to the "Aim for a Healthy Weight" education kit, as well as many other on-line tools to assist the health professional.


Track Your Nutrition and Physical Activity with MyPlate SuperTracker

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

The SuperTracker includes a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan, a food database, weight management tips, a personal goals section, and individualized reports.


Photo of Engergize Yourself, Energize Your Family publication cover. For African Americans

Energize Yourself and Your Family
DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-Control Information Network.
This booklet provides tips on how to get moving, how to prepare healthy, tasty meals, how to read food labels, and how to eat right when you're on the go.

Celebrate the Beauty of Youth
DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-Control Information Network.
Tips for African American women on eating better and moving more. Focus is on feeling better, looking better, and having more energy.


Portion Distortion!

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Quiz asks: Do you know how food portions have changed in 20 years? Also guess the number of calories and the amount of physical activity required to burn the calories.