WEIGHT LOSS & DIET RESOURCES
are the listed dangers of obesity from the NIH web site:
disease and stroke
Mass Index Table
weight is important, clearly. There are many ways to lose weight, but
it is not always easy to keep the weight off. The key to successful
weight loss is making changes in your eating and physical activity habits
that you can keep up for the rest of your life. The information presented
here may help:
Heavy Should I be ?
Bray, M.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center. National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Clinical Guidelines on
the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and
Obesity in Adults: The Evidence Report.
sensible and healthy guidelines for eating and physical activity
is important for healthy weight management.
is a serious, chronic disease that is known to reduce life span,
increase disability and lead to many serious illnesses including
diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. "Obesity" is defined
as a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30, which approximates
30 pounds of excess weight. Excess weight also places people at
risk of developing serious health problems.
Excess weight is caused by an interaction of genetic (inherited)
and environmental (social and cultural) factors, which include metabolic
(physical and chemical) and behavioral (psychological and emotional)
A sedentary lifestyle is a significant barrier to successfully maintaining
weight loss and preventing further weight gain.
Losing weight requires burning more calories than the body takes
in, by either reducing caloric intake or increasing caloric expenditure,
or preferably, both.
Achieving and maintaining even a modest amount of weight loss can
reduce the severity of illnesses associated with obesity.
Effective weight management involves behavior modification which
is a lifelong commitment and includes at least two components: 1)
healthful eating in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,
emphasizing a reduction in total calories, a lowered fat consumption,
and an increase in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and 2) increased frequent and regular physical activity of at least
Medical, pharmacological and surgical interventions may be options
for individuals with more serious cases of overweight and obesity.
These interventions, used in conjunction with a plan for healthy
eating and physical activity, should be utilized in conformance
with applicable treatment guidelines.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS
Guidelines for Americans
U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, 2005
Exercise and Weight Control
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Healthy Weight, Healthy Living
Shape Up America!
For additional information on nutrition:
for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA, 1120 20th Street, NW,
Suite 200 North Lobby, Washington, DC 20036.
and Nutrition Information Center, USDA/National Agricultural
Library, Room 304, 10301 Baltimore Boulevard, Beltsville, MD 20705-2351.
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center, P.O. Box 30105,
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105.
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