Weight Management

A healthy weight is a weight that lowers your risk for health problems. For most people, body mass index (BMI) and waist size are good ways to tell if they are at a healthy weight.

Child Who Is Overweight: Evaluating Nutrition and Activity Patterns

When a doctor asks questions about your child’s eating and activity habits, the information helps identify patterns that may lead to extra weight. Nutrition history You may be asked: To describe your family’s meals and snacks during a typical day. What your child eats at school. Who is responsible for meals. Is it the…

Child Who Is Overweight: Medical Evaluation

If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor as being overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, a thorough medical exam is important to identify and treat any related health problems. History Your doctor will ask about: Your child’s weight history, to see if your child has had an unusual change in rate of growth…

Choosing a Weight-Loss Program

If you decide to join a weight-loss program, here are some questions to ask before you join: Does the program provide counseling? A good program teaches you how to permanently change your eating and exercise habits with group or one-on-one support. Is the staff qualified? All program staff should have training and…

COPD: Avoiding Weight Loss

Covers causes of weight and muscle loss when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Includes why weight loss is a concern with COPD and how to avoid it. Guides you through ways to add nutritious calories and protein to your diet.

Dawn’s Story: From Dieting to Healthy Eating Habits

A new mind-set Dawn is no stranger to dieting. Over the years, she followed many different weight-loss plans. Each plan worked for a while, but eventually she would go back to her old eating habits and her weight would go back up. She says that with dieting “There is a mind-set that this is a diet. And when I get to my…