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Losing Weight: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with a loved one about losing weight.

Review Date: April 03, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Losing Weight: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about a healthy weight loss plan.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions - Obesity and Weight Loss

Find out your BMI (a measure of body fat based on height and weight) by using the BMI calculator and chart provided. If you are overweight, learn what you can do to lose weight and improve your health.

Review Date: February 28, 2011

Office on Women's Health

Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-Loss Program

This consumer information booklet highlights the elements of a weight-loss program a consumer should look for in order to properly judge its safety and potential for success.

Review Date: March 31, 2014

NIH Weight-Control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Dieting and Gallstones

This online document gives consumers basic information on gallstones and the effect of weight loss on this condition.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Find a Bariatric Physician

A bariatric physician specializes in the treatment of weight-related conditions.This locator service is provided to assist you in finding a bariatric physician near you.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

American Society of Bariatric Physicians

Finding a Weight Loss Program that Works for You

The Partnership for Healthy Weight Management encourages providers of weight loss programs to follow voluntary guidelines for providers of weight loss products or services to give you basic information about their methods. Here are some questions to ask when evaluating a weight loss program.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Federal Trade Commission

Health Fraud Scams (Videos from FDA)

FDA’s Health Fraud Scams website pulls together videos on how to avoid fraudulent schemes, and offers information about products that have been seized, recalled or are the subject of warnings from the agency.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Obesity and Your Health

If you are overweight or obese, you have a greater chance of developing diabetes or high blood pressure, which are the leading causes of chronic kidney disease. Learn how you can reduce your risk for these serious diseases by losing excess weight.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

National Kidney Foundation

Physical Activity Selector

The calories expended for physical activity depend not only on the type of activity, but also on your weight. This online calculator estimates the approximate number of calories you will burn when engaging in physical activity.

Review Date: November 19, 2012

Shape Up America!

Quiz: Are You Ready to Lose Weight?

Taking off the pounds -- and keeping them off -- can be a challenge. Take this quiz to find out if you're ready to lose weight.

Review Date: January 24, 2012

Calorie Control Council

TOPS Tools

Find useful articles and news on fitness and nutrition, plus tools to help you plan and track various aspects of your weight management efforts.

Review Date: August 29, 2011

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Weight Loss for Life

There are many ways to lose weight, but it is not always easy to keep the weight off. The key to successful weight loss is making changes in your eating and physical activity habits that you can keep up for the rest of your life.

Review Date: March 01, 2012

NIH Weight-Control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths

This publication dispels weight-loss and nutrition-related common myths about diet, meals, physical activity, and food.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

NIH Weight-Control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Weight-loss Options: Bariatric Surgery

Choosing which type of weight-loss surgery is right for you can be a difficult task. Here is some information to help you and your physician make the appropriate treatment selection. Consult with your physician and insurance provider to see if you are a candidate.

Review Date: August 16, 2012

Obesity Action Coalition

Working with Your Insurance Provider: A Guide to Seeking Weight-loss Surgery

This guide offers readers information on the effects of obesity and morbid obesity, tips for working with your insurance provider,and detailed information concerning the treatment options available for morbid obesity.

Review Date: August 16, 2012

Obesity Action Coalition