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Knowing the correct principles of nutrition, diet and weight loss will significantly increase your chances of achieving healthy weight loss. Government diet research and recommendations can provide the facts based on science so that you can make informed choices about appropriate diet plans and set realistic weight loss goals. Many people who are attempting weight loss are not using sensible or effective weight loss methods.

Weight Loss Resources

USDA The Food Guide Pyramid

Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 2000
U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Phone: 1-888-878-3256.

website: www.usda.gov/cnpp or www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines.

The Surgeon General's Advice on Overweight and Obesity
Health Weight Advice for Consumers.


Weight Loss Books

Active at Any Size
NIH Publication No. 00-4352. March 2001. Available through the Weight-control Information Network (WIN). Tel: 202-828-1025, Toll-free: 1-877-946-4627.

Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2000, 5th Edition
For sale by calling the Federal Consumer Information Center at 1-888-878-3256.

Weight Loss and Nutrition Myths
NIH Publication No. 00-4561. October 2000. Published by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and available through the Weight-control Information Network (WIN).

Weight Loss for Life
NIH Publication No. 00-3700. June 2000. Published by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and available through the Weight-control Information Network (WIN).

Obesity Articles, Resources

Allison DB, Fontaine KR, Manson JE, Stevens J, VanItallie TB. Annual deaths attributable to obesity in the United States. Journal of the American Medical Association; 1999;282(16):1530-1538.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health; 1998. NIH Publication No. 98-4083.

National Task Force on Prevention and Treatment of Obesity. Overweight, obesity, and health risk. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2000;160(7):898-904.

Partnership for Healthy Weight Management. Weight Loss: Finding a Weight Loss Program that Works for You. 2000. Phone: 1-888-8-PUEBLO. Website: www.consumer.gov/weightloss/brochures.htm.

Partnership for Healthy Weight Management. Setting Goals for Healthy Weight Loss. 1999. Phone: 1-888-8-PUEBLO. Website: www.consumer.gov/weightloss/brochures.htm.

Weight Loss For Life

Binge Eating Disorder
NIH Publication No. 94-3589. This fact sheet describes the symptoms, causes, complications, and treatment of binge eating disorder, along with a profile of those at risk for the disorder. 1993. Available from WIN.

Dieting and Gallstones
NIH Publication No. 94-3677. This fact sheet describes what gallstones are, how weight loss may cause them, and how to lessen the risk of developing them. 1993. Available from WIN.

Gastric Surgery for Severe Obesity
NIH Publication No. 96-4006. This fact sheet describes the different types of surgery available to treat severe obesity. It explains how gastric surgery promotes weight loss and the benefits and risks of each procedure. 1996. Available from WIN.

Physical Activity and Weight Control
NIH Publication No. 96-4031. This booklet explains how physical activity helps promote weight control and other ways it benefits one's health. It also describes the different types of physical activity and provides tips on how to become more physically active. Revised 1997. Available from WIN.

Prescription Medications for the Treatment of Obesity
NIH Publication No. 97-4191. This fact sheet presents information on appetite suppressant medications. These medications may help some obese patients lose more weight than with non-drug treatments. The types of medications and the risks and benefits associated with the use of these medications are described. Revised 1997. Available from WIN.

Very Low-Calorie Diets
NIH Publication No. 95-3894. Information on who should use a very low-calorie diet (VLCD) and the health benefits and possible adverse effects of VLCDs is provided in this fact sheet. 1995. Available from WIN.

Weight Cycling
NIH Publication No. 95-3901. Based on research, this fact sheet describes the health effects of weight cycling, also known as "yo-yo" dieting, and how it affects obese individuals' future weight-loss efforts. 1995. Available from WIN.

"Are You Eating Right?"
Consumer Reports. October 1992, pp. 644-55. This article summarizes advice from 68 nutrition experts, including a discussion on weight control and health risks of obesity. Available from WIN.

"Losing Weight: What Works. What Doesn't" and "Rating the Diets."
Consumer Reports. June 1993, pp. 347-57. These articles report on a survey of readers' experiences with weight-loss diets, discuss research related to weight control, and outline pros and cons of different diet programs. Available in public libraries.

"The Facts About Weight-Loss Products and Programs."
DHHS Publication No. (FDA) 92-1189. This pamphlet provides basic facts about the weight-loss industry and what the consumer should expect from a diet program and/or product. Available from the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Consumer Affairs, HFE-88, Rockville, MD 20857.

"Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Fourth Edition."
Home and Garden Bulletin No. 232. 1995. This booklet answers some of the basic questions about healthy eating and the link between poor nutrition and disease. It stresses the importance of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Available from WIN.

Sources include: The Weight-control Information Network (WIN).

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