WEBTREATS: Diet, Weight Management and Obesity

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities. Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.  Please also refer to the WEBTREAT on Exercise and Physical Fitness for related links.   pvh/mash/ym last revised 7/19/2017

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
(formerly American Dietetic Association)

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Find all current AACE publications through this page.

This specific AACE site links to the AACE/TOS/ASMBS medical guideline on bariatric surgery.

This specific AACE site links to the AACE/ACE position statement on obesity.

This specific AACE site links to the AACE/ACE 2014 Advanced Framework for a New Diagnosis of Obesity as a Chronic Disease.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
This is the specific ACS site for Eat Healthy and Get Active, which provides consumer-oriented information, resources, tools, and recipes.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The College publishes consumer pamphlets and professional materials on obesity and weight management that address the needs of women at all life stages, including during pregnancy.

Annual Women’s Health Care

American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
Use the search window to locate documents on a specific topic or visit policy and resources sections to find guidelines.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
The ADA Evidence‑based nutrition principles and recommendations for the treatment and prevention of diabetes and related complications from 2002.

This is the ADA site on Food & Fitness

Nutrition therapy recommendations for the management of adults with diabetes (Diabetes Care 2014;37(S1):S120).

American Heart Association (AHA)This site is the specific AHA link to Getting Healthy, a consumer-oriented site that includes sections on exercise, weight and stress management, smoking cessation, and diet.

American Heart Association Guidelines for Weight Management Programs for Healthy Adults (1994)

Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations, Revision 2006

New and Emerging Weight Management Strategies for Busy Ambulatory Settings: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association (2011)

American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP)
ASBP offers information on the growing problem of obesity, tips on weight loss, and a referral program to reach ASBP member physicians for professional consultation. 

BAM! Body and Mind (CDC)

The food & nutrition section of the CDC BAM! Website offers information and tools wide to help young people make healthy eating choices.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Nutrition Resources for Health Professionals
Weight Management Research to Practice Series
This series summarizes emerging research in obesity for health care professionals.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
This is the CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity gateway to information on Healthy Weight, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Overweight & Obesity.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA)

Food Safety for Moms-to-Be
This FDA site provides pregnant women with guidelines on safe food, safe food preparation, and foodborne illnesses of particular impact on pregnant women and their babies.

FA: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a Twelve-Step fellowship for men and women suffering from the disease of food addiction.  The FA website offers consumer pamphlets on several aspects of food addiction and recovery and significant resources for their programs.

FamilyDoctor.org, developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), provides consumer-level health information.  The Food & Nutrition page includes sections on health food choices, weight loss and diet plans, nutrients & nutritional information, and sugar and sugar substitutes 

healthfinder® is the DHHS-coordinated site for consumer health information.  Use the general search window to search on specific terms or select topics from alphabetic lists.

healthfinder® Diets

healthfinder® Obesity

Healthychildren.org is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website for pediatric and adolescent health information for consumers. 

This specific HealthyChildren.org page links to consumer information on obesity.


This specific HealthyChildren.org page links to nutrition information.

This NLM-sponsored site is an excellent resource for high-quality consumer information.

MedlinePlus: Nutrition

MedlinePlus: Obesity

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Weighing the Options: Criteria for Evaluating Weight-Management Programs


Weight Gain during Pregnancy

Full report

Note link to Report Brief.

Guidelines on Weight Gain & Pregnancy (2013)

Implementing Guidelines on Weight Gain & Pregnancy (2013)

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)
NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of overweight individuals.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen

Body Mass Index table

Calculate your Body Mass Index

Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults (1998)

Daily Food & Activity Diary 

WeCan (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activities & Nutrition)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Weight‑control Information Network (WIN)

Note link to Sisters Together, a WIN program to encourage African American women to maintain a healthy weight.

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements (NIH)
This NIH website provides general health information on dietary supplements and botanical supplements, information for informed decision making and consumer safety, and links to fact sheets on specific types of dietary supplements, and links to federal nutrient recommendations, including the IOM Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), Daily Value (DV) Tables, and an online interactive DRI.

Nutrient Recommendations: Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs)

Nutrition.gov provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government.

Nutrition.gov also has an Ethnic cooking meal planning guide.  

Obesity in America.org 
This site, jointly developed by The Endocrine Society and The Hormone Foundation, offers statistics, research, trends, costs, medical complications, and more on obesity.

The Obesity Society
The Obesity Society is the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity.

Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity (2001)

US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)
CNPP works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

ChooseMyPlate.gov, replacing MyPyramid, offers current USDA guidelines for healthy eating through a graphic interface. Check Healthy Eating Tips for links to vegetarian diets, recipes, etc.

Interactive DRI for Healthcare Professionals

2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Health & Nutrition Information for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women

US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  National Agriculture Library. Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
FNIC provides credible, accurate, and practical resources on nutrition and health.

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
Search for nutrient information for specific food items through this FNIC database.

US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

USPSTF  Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults

Use the search screen to find specific topics or browse featured items.

World Health Organization (WHO)




Please also refer to the WEBTREAT on Exercise and Physical Fitness for related links


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