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Weight Management

What is a healthy weight and why does it matter?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a healthy weight varies from person to person but falls into a range that takes into account both height and weight. Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more. The resources listed in this document will help you understand weight management and begin taking control of “calories in, calories out” for yourself.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Obesity
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public.

Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
This National Institutes of Health site provides access to proven methods for getting started with a weight loss program. Materials for men, women, teens, and children are included. Use the materials online or order them at no or low cost.

GAME PLAN: Fat and Calorie Counter
On the right-hand side of the screen, click on the link to this title, one of a three-part series for reducing risk for diabetes. Provides exhaustive list of foods with calories and fat grams calculated by serving size. Comprehensive and easy to use.

Physical Activity FAQ
Written especially for women, this resource answers many questions, dispels some myths, and helps women commit to increasing their activity levels.

Weight Management and Obesity Resource List
Lengthy resource list for nutrition and weight-control resources in all formats.


  • American Heart Association low-salt cookbook. AHA. 2007.
  • Best light recipe: a best recipe classic. Editors of Cook’s Illustrated. 2006.
  • Eating well healthy in a hurry cookbook. Romanoff J, ed. 2006.
  • Feed your family right: how to make smart food and fitness choices for a healthy lifestyle. Zied E. 2007.
  • FitDelicious: lose the pounds, not the taste. Schurer ML. 2009.
  • Flexitarian table: inspired, flexible meals for vegetarians, meat lovers, and everyone in between. Berley P. 2007.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Diets. Longe JL, ed. 2008. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nmh/hlc/main.htm.
  • Healthy kitchen: recipes for a better body, life, and spirit. Weil A. 2002.
  • Look good, feel great cookbook. Jones J. 2006.
  • New Mayo Clinic cookbook: eating well for better health. Forberg C. 2004.
  • Perfect recipe for losing weight and eating great. Anderson P. 2008.
  • Small plates: appetizers as meals. Henderson MM. 2006.
  • Techniques of healthy cooking. Culinary Institute of America. 2008.

Mediterranean Diet

  • Mediterranean feast: the story of the birth of the celebrated cuisines of the Mediterranean. Wright CA. 1999.
  • Mediterranean harvest: vegetarian recipes from the world’s healthiest cuisine. Shulman MR. 2007.
  • Mediterranean heart diet: why it works, with recipes to get you started. Fisher HV. 2001.
  • Mediterranean vegan kitchen. Klein D. 2001.
  • Mediterranean vegetables. Wright CA. 2001.
  • Simple Mediterranean cookery. Roden C. 2006.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateNovember 2, 2012