Evaluating Weight Control Programs

Weight loss

Find a variety of articles, brochures, and publications to help consumers and professionals alike find their way through the maze of weight and diet claims.



Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Fact sheet to help consumer talk their health care professional about weight loss and get the best information before choosing a program.


Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: How Much Do You Really Know?

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.


Weight Loss: Weighing the Claims in Diet Ads

Federal Trade Commission; Partnership for Healthy Weight Management.


Consumer Diet and Lifestyle Book Reviews

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

As registered dietitians, AND spokespeople have the knowledge and expertise to help decipher fact from fad in order to help you develop a healthy eating plan that is right for you. They have completed a number of diet book reviews to help you understand which diets are reasonable and which should be avoided.


Should You Believe These Amazing Claims?

Federal Trade Commission.


Weighing the Diet Books (PDF | 1.4 MB)

Center for Science in the Public Interest. Nutrition Action Newsletter.


Popular Diets: a Scientific Review - Executive Summary

North American Association for the Study of Obesity. Obesity Research.

2001 review by USDA, ARS, Western Human Nutrition Research Center. Full Report in PDF|209 KB.


High-Protein Diets

American Heart Association.


The Atkins Diet: Worthwhile or Worthless?

USDA. ARS. Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.