Glossary of Terms Related to Healthy Eating, Obesity, Physical Activity, and Weight Control
This glossary defines words that are often used when people talk or write about healthy eating, obesity, physical activity, and weight control. The glossary includes many, but not all words related to these topics. The definitions in this glossary were adapted from several Government sources, including the Medline Plus website of the National Institutes of Health; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010; the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You may find web links to these and other helpful sources of information on the Additional Resources page.
The information in this glossary is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please speak with your health care provider to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about healthy eating, obesity, physical activity, or weight control.
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