NHM Health Focus: Healthy Weight
Heres a frightening (and confusing) thought: As the average weight of people in the United States increases (two pounds per year according to some accounts), increasing numbers of anorexia and bulimia cases are being seen in both men and women.
Healthy Weight Week "is an annual, national observance that focuses attention on the importance of staying at a healthy weight. This is especially important at a time when more Americans than ever are overweight. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity ..., approximately 300,000 adult deaths in the United States each year can be attributed to unhealthy dietary habits and physical inactivity or sedentary behavior."
In our quest for information about selecting and maintaining healthy weight, we may find ourselves confronted by methods that may do more harm than good. Tips on how to detect and avoid fraudulent "get healthy" schemes can be found at Quackwatch, Healthy Weight Network, National Council Against Health Fraud, and Diet Reviews among others. Each year the Slim Chance Awards highlight some of the worst offenders.
On the positive side, 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.
A recently published review
of 1,500 weight loss studies and of 10 commercial or self-help programs
evidence that formal weight loss programs help. Experts do have
that will help motivated dieters succeed.
U.S. National Institutes of Health and Dietitians - Canada, have posted quizzes and other resources designed to help individuals assess their current levels of exercise, body mass, and perception of appropriate portion sizes, and to move toward a healthier life style in the New Year.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to healthy weight: