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Glossary of Terms Related to Healthy Eating, Obesity, Physical Activity, and Weight Control


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Health Problems Related to Overweight and Obesity

At-A-Glance: What You Need to Know About High Blood Cholesterol. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Available at

Diabetes Dictionary. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC). Available at

Diabetes Overview. NDIC. Available at

Managing Gestational Diabetes: A Patient's Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Available online at

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). Publications from the NDEP provide information about diabetes and obesity prevention and control. Available by phone at 1–888–693–6337 or online at Exit Disclaimer

National Kidney Disease Education Program. Publications from this program provide information about detection and management of kidney disease. Available at

Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure. NHLBI. Available at

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These guidelines discuss the benefits of physical activity and the types and amounts that Americans need to stay healthy. Available at

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information, publications, and online tools about health problems and promoting healthy behaviors at

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These federal guidelines on healthy eating provide detailed information on how to improve your eating habits. Available at

MyPlate. USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Provides many resources, including online tools for finding out how many calories you need, for giving you suggestions on eating and physical activity, and for tracking your progress towards being healthy. This resource also has a menu planner that can help you make healthier menus based on federal dietary guidelines. Available at

WeCan! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition). NIH. This national program is designed for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight. Available at

Overweight and Obesity

BMI Calculator is a free online tool to measure adult body mass index (BMI), available from the NHLBI at

BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen is a free tool available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at

Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. NHLBI, National Institutes of Health (NIH). September 1998. Available at These guidelines are being revised. More information is available at

Weight-control Information Network

1 WIN Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3665
Phone: (202) 828–1025
Toll-free number: 1–877–946–4627
Fax: (202) 828–1028
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The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). WIN provides the general public, health professionals, and the media with up-to-date, culturally relevant materials and tips. Topics include healthy eating, barriers to physical activity, portion control, and eating and physical activity myths. Publications produced by WIN are reviewed by both NIDDK scientists and outside experts. This e-text was also reviewed by Van S. Hubbard, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, NIH; Ana Terry, M.S., R.D., National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Susan Z. Yanovski, M.D., Co-Director, Office of Obesity Research, NIDDK.

This e-text is not copyrighted. WIN encourages users of this e-text to copy and share as many copies as desired.

National Institutes of Health

NIH Publication No. 02-4976
January 2002

Updated March 2013

To contact WIN, call toll free 1–877–946–4627; fax: 202–828–1028; email:;
or write Weight-control Information Network, 1 WIN Way, Bethesda, MD 20892–3665.

Last Modified: October 25, 2013

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