Food Science : Obesity Epidemic
- CDC: Overweight and Obesity
Comprehensive web site that contains information on defining overweight and obesity, as well as information regarding Body Mass Index (BMI), obesity trends, how contributing factors like behavior and environment play a role in obesity, the health risks associated with obesity, the economic impact on the U.S. health care system, recommendations and preventative guidelines, and descriptions of state-based programs that are supported by the CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity program. Finally, the site answers frequently asked questions and provides helpful resources on obesity.
- National Institute of Health Obesity Research
This website presents information about NIH-supported research to facilitate progress towards obesity prevention and treatment.
- National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute: Obesity Education Initiative
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
The FDA and CFSAN have information on losing and maintaining a healthy weight as well as information from their Obesity Working Group. Also of interest is the statement of Lynn C. Swan, Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (June 2004).
- The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has a section devoted to Weight Loss and Control.
- Healthfinder, a service of the National Health Information Center, includes a resource page on obesity.
- Familydoctor.org is a web site operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organizations representing more than 93,700 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students. The Healthy Living section of the site includes information on Food & Nutrition.
- The National Governor's Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices issued a health policy brief on the obesity epidemic and how states can "trim the fat".
- Federal Trade Commission has a consumer protection section on diet, health and fitness that offers tips and dispeals myths.
- In 2001, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service established the Food Stamp Nutrition Connection to improve access to Food Stamp Program nutrition resources. In particular, their section on Overweight and Obesity Prevention includes links to other government websites and contains general information, as well as audience specific resources, information on fad diets as well as reports and guidelines.
- The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
- The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation hearing on the rise of obesity in children (SR 253).