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General Information and Resources for Weight and Obesity

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

After decades of increases in the obesity rate among U.S. adults and children, the rate recently has dropped among some populations, particularly young children. What are the factors responsible for these changes? How can promising trends be accelerated? What else needs to be known to end the epidemic of obesity in the United States?

Table of Contents

Front Matter i-xiv
1 Obesity Trends and Workshop Overview 1-8
2 Two Decades of Obesity Prevention and Treatment 9-18
3 Early Care and Education 19-28
4 Business 29-36
5 Physical Activity 37-46
6 Treatment Challenges 47-54
7 Roles of the U.S. Department of Agriculture 55-60
8 The Roles of Foundations 61-66
References 67-74
Appendix A: Workshop Agenda 75-78
Appendix B: Acronyms and Abbreviations 79-80
Appendix C: Speaker and Facilitator Biographies 81-96

The Obesity Society.

Non-profit organization focused on changing public policy and perceptions about obesity.

Brown Medical School. The National Weight Control Registry.

Largest prospective research investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance.

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Defines words often used when people talk or write about obesity, physical activity, and weight control; written for people who are overweight or obese, or interested in learning more about these.

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

National initiative designed to encourage Black women 18 and over to maintain a healthy weight by becoming more physically active and eating healthier foods. This initiative also offers a program guide and other resources.

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.