Health Problems Related to Overweight and Obesity
At-A-Glance: What You Need to Know About High Blood Cholesterol. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/cholesterol_atglance.htm.
Diabetes Dictionary. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC). Available at http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/dictionary.
Diabetes Overview. NDIC. Available at http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/overview.
Managing Gestational Diabetes: A Patient's Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Available online at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/gest_diabetes.
National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). Publications from the NDEP provide information about diabetes and obesity prevention and control. Available by phone at 1–888–693–6337 or online at http://www.yourdiabetesinfo.org.
National Kidney Disease Education Program. Publications from this program provide information about detection and management of kidney disease. Available at http://nkdep.nih.gov/resources.shtml.
Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure. NHLBI. Available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp.
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These guidelines discuss the benefits of physical activity and the types and amounts that Americans need to stay healthy. Available at http://www.health.gov/paguidelines.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information, publications, and online tools about health problems and promoting healthy behaviors at http://www.cdc.gov.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These federal guidelines on healthy eating provide detailed information on how to improve your eating habits. Available at http://www.health.gov/DietaryGuidelines.
MyPlate. USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Provides many resources, including online tools for finding out how many calories you need, for giving you suggestions on eating and physical activity, and for tracking your progress towards being healthy. This resource also has a menu planner that can help you make healthier menus based on federal dietary guidelines. Available at http://www.choosemyplate.gov.
WeCan! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition). NIH. This national program is designed for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight. Available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/index.htm.
Overweight and Obesity
BMI Calculator is a free online tool to measure adult body mass index (BMI), available from the NHLBI at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm.
BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen is a free tool available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi.
Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. NHLBI, National Institutes of Health (NIH). September 1998. Available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/ob_gdlns.pdf. These guidelines are being revised. More information is available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/obesity2/index.htm.