Overweight and Obesity

The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation

DHHS. Office of the Surgeon General.

Discusses plans to help Americans lead healthier lives through better nutrition, regular physical activity, and improving communities to support healthy choices.


NIDDK WIN logo Weight-control Information Network

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and nutrition issues.


Weight Loss: Finding a Weight Loss Program that Works for You (PDF | 1.5 MB)

Federal Trade Commission; Partnership for Healthy Weight Management.

Provides information on different types of weight loss programs and helps consumers ask the right questions when evaluating a weight loss program.


Centers for Disease Control Overweight and Obesity Information

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Overweight and obesity related resources, statistic, trends, prevention efforts, research and more from CDC.


BMI calculator graphic Calculate Your Body Mass Index

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

On-line BMI calculator and tables.


Diseases and Conditions Index: Overweight and Obesity

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

Defines overweight and obesity, and discusses their causes, risks, treatments, prevention and more.


Physical Activity: Why Is It Important (PDF | 592 KB)

The President's Council on Fitness, Sport & Nutrition.

Includes information on physical activity and obesity, and ways physical activity can impact your overall health.


MedlinePlus: Obesity

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Information and links to resources on many aspects of obesity. Also in Spanish.


Healthy Youth! Health Topics: Childhood Overweight

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Provides facts about overweight among young people, including several statistics, and information on determining the body mass index of children and adolescents as well as strategies for healthy eating and including physical activity.


Make Your Calories Count

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Information to help plan a healthy diet while managing calorie intake.


MedlinePlus: Obesity

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Find information about obesity. Also in Spanish.


Overweight, Obesity, and Weight Loss

DHHS. FDA. Office of Women's Health.

Frequently asked questions about obesity and weight loss. Also in PDF|300 KB.


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

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Presents popular myths about diet, meals, physical activity and food and counters these myths with factual information to help clear up confusion. Includes tips to help individuals succeed in their dietary goals. Also in PDF|328 KB.


Feet on scale Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program

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

Fact sheet to help you talk to your doctor about weight loss and get the best information before choosing a program. Also in PDF|216 KB.


National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.

A collaboration among CDC, NIH, USDA, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) aimed at accelerating research progress to stop and reverse childhood obesity in America. Includes:


Active at Any Size

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Information on exercise for larger people, focusing on exercise safety and health benefits. Also in PDF|3.4 MB.


Aim for a Healthy Weight cover Aim for a Healthy Weight: Information for Patients and the Public

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

Guidelines for measurement of overweight and obesity and steps for safe and effective weight loss.


How to Avoid Portion Size Pitfalls to Help Manage Your Weight

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Food portions have gotten larger over the years, making it easier to overeat. Get some practical tips for controlling portions.


Overweight child Helping Your Overweight Child

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

Information for parents to help their children develop a healthy body image and learn healthy eating and physical activity habits. Also in PDF|2.3 MB.


Childhood Obesity: A Food and Nutrition Resource List for Educators and Researchers (PDF | 163KB)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Compilation of resources comprised mostly of articles from professional journals, but also includes consumer education materials and information available on the World Wide Web.


Obesity and Cancer: Questions and Answers

DHHS. NIH. National Cancer Institute.

Fact sheet addresses the relationship between obesity and risk for various cancers.


Playing basketball Physical Activity and Nutrition Research & Reports

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Find research and reports on physical activity and nutrition.


Healthy People 2020 logo Nutrition and Weight Status - Healthy People 2020

Department of Health and Human Services.

Healthy People 2020 - provides an overview of the Nutrition and Weight Status topic area, as well as objectives and data, and evidence-based resources.


Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity

DHHS. PHS. Office of the Surgeon General.

Includes the Surgeon General's report outlining strategies that communities can use in helping to address obesity, fact sheets, and resource links.


Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity

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

Statistics on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the US, as well as disease, mortality, and economic costs.


US Map US Obesity Trends 1985-2010

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Obesity trend data and maps from CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).


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