Treatment and Prevention Guidelines

The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States

Institute of Medicine.

Provides a summary of the public workshop where presenters described interventions designed to prevent and treat obesity in different settings. Workshop summary published June 2014.


report cover with photos of people Aim for a Healthy Weight - Information for Health Professionals

DHHS. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

Federal guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity.


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.


Assessment and Management of Overweight and Obese Adult Patients

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; North American Association for the Study of Obesity.

Free continuing education course focused on on health risks, patient assessment, motivation, lifestyle and adjunct therapy and treatment algorithm.


Diet in the Prevention and Control of Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Type II Diabetes (PDF | 128 KB)

American College of Preventive Medicine.

Read the position statement of the American College of Preventive Medicine.


Obesity: Assessment and Management in Primary Care

American Academy of Family Physicians. American Family Physician.

Pulls together guidelines dealing with childhood and adult obesity from a number of organizations.


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.


Pharmacologic and Surgical Management of Obesity in Primary Care: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians

American College of Physicians. Annals of Internal Medicine.

Provides recommendations based on a review of the evidence on pharmacologic and surgical treatments of obesity to clinicians caring for obese patients.


Recommendations for Preventing Excess Weight Gain and Obesity (PDF | 723 KB)

World Health Organization.

In WHO Technical Report #916: Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Disease, Chapter 2: Population Nutrient Intake Goals for Preventing Diet-related Chronic Diseases, pp. 61-70.


The Keystone Forum on Away-From-Home Foods: Opportunities for Preventing Weight Gain and Obesity

The Keystone Center.

Report, funded by the FDA, provides recommendations from experts in industry, government, civic sector organizations, and academia, for improving consumers' ability to manage calorie intake from foods prepared and purchased away-from-home.


Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity

DHHS. PHS. Office of the Surgeon General.

Includes the Surgeon General's report outlining strategies that communities can use in helping to address obesity, fact sheets, and resource links.


Research to Practice Series, No. 1: Can eating fruits and vegetables help people to manage their weight? (PDF | 243 KB)

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

Document examines evidence from available studies to determine whether eating fruits and vegetables can help with weight management. Also available is a PowerPoint presentation (PPT|748 KB) for use by health professionals.

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Childhood Obesity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

A national organization committed to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by the year 2015 through public policy changes that create healthier environments in schools and communities. Site offers links to best practices, news, and other tools.