General Information and Resources

10 Facts on Obesity

World Health Organization.


Body Fat Lab

Shape Up America.

An educational tool to determine percent body fat and its role in overall health.


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.


Diseases and Conditions Index: What Are Overweight and Obesity?

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

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


Your Healthy Weight Pyramid: A Tool for Weight Loss

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Interactive pyramid designed to promote weight management.


Obesity, Physical Activity, and Weight Control Glossary

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.


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.


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.


Weight-control Information Network

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.


Obesity Fact Sheets

The Obesity Society.

Five facts sheets that provide current information on obesity based on scientific research.


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.


U.S. Obesity Trends 1985-2012

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

Obesity trend data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and maps from CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).


The Cost of Obesity

George Washington University. School of Public Health and Health Services.

Blog post with infographic that highlights obesity as a national epidemic, its financial impact on communities and the overall economy, and preventative measures that can be taken to affect change at a national level.


Weight-loss Advertising: An Analysis of Current Trends (PDF | 1.5 Mb)

Federal Trade Commission.

September 2002 report analyzing current trends in weight loss advertising.


The Obesity Society

The Obesity Society.

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


Shape Up America! Healthy Weight for Life

Shape Up America!

Non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of obesity as a health issue. Provides evidence-based information and guidance on weight management to the public, health care professionals, educators, policymakers and the media.


National Weight Control Registry

Brown Medical School. The National Weight Control Registry.

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


Sisters Together logo Sisters Together - Move More, Eat Better

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.


LEAN Works! logo LEAN Works!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

LEAN stands for Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition. Helps employers calculate the cost of obesity for their organization and develop tailored approaches to help control these costs through interventions such as fitness classes, lunchtime health education sessions, weight management programs, and more.


Voluntary Guidelines for Providers of Weight Loss Products or Services

FTC. Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Consensus of voluntary consumer disclosure practices reached by a panel of weight management companies, weight loss professionals, and consumer protection groups.


The Paradox of Hunger and Obesity in America (PDF | 470 KB)

Brandeis University. Center on Hunger and Poverty; Food Research & Action Center.


Health Risks of Obesity - Worse Than Smoking, Drinking, or Poverty

RAND Corporation.

2002 Research Brief examines comparative effects of obesity, smoking, heavy drinking, and poverty on chronic health conditions and health expenditures.


Report: The Economics of Obesity: A Report on the Workshop Held at USDA's Economic Research Service

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Summary of the papers and the discussions presented at the May 2004 workshop.


Overweight and Obesity: Economic Consequences

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Estimated costs of obesity at national and state levels.


Contribution of Expanding Portion Sizes to the US Obesity Epidemic

American Public Health Association. American Journal of Public Health.

2002 study by Young and Nestle designed to weigh samples of marketplace foods, identify historical changes in the sizes of those foods, and compare current portions with federal standards.


FoodReview: Weighing In on Obesity

USDA. Economic Research Service.