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Links to NIH web sites offering health information for the public

The NIH, along with many other government agencies, supports efforts related to obesity and overweight. Health information produced by the NIH for the public is provided below:

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General information on obesity, overweight, weight loss, and weight control

Weight-control Information Network (WIN):

http://win.niddk.nih.gov/index.htm, and http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/nutrit.htm (includes information in English and Spanish). The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the NIH. WIN produces and provides science-based information on obesity, weight control, physical activity, and nutrition.

Obesity Education Initiative (OEI):

The Obesity Education Initiative (OEI) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH, was created to help reduce the prevalence of overweight along with the prevalence of physical inactivity in order to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), the prevalence and severity of sleep apnea, and overall morbidity and mortality from CHD. Information is provided on the relationship of overweight to CHD risk factors and sleep apnea, as well as information on weight loss and weight control.

Aim for a Healthy Weight: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/index.htm
OR www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/patmats.htm
Aim for a Healthy Weight provides practical tools for weight management, including an interactive menu planner and portion distortion quiz, body mass index calculator, healthy recipes, tips for dining out, and a physical activity guide.

Hearts N' Parks www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/heart/obesity/hrt_n_pk/index.htm

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition):


We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national program designed as a one-stop resource for parents and caregivers interested in practical tools to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight. Tips and fun activities focus on three critical behaviors: improved food choices, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time.

The program is a collaboration of four Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active:

www.nichd.nih.gov/msy/ Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is an interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13. It is designed to help teach them about the complex media world around them, and how it can affect their health -- especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity. This program was created by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Medline Plus, Obesity:

This site is a service of the National Library of Medicine and the NIH. It contains a variety of information and links related to obesity.


Obesity increases risk for many serious diseases

For specific information on these diseases, visit the links below:


(English & Spanish information)
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse - http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
National Diabetes Education Program - http://www.ndep.nih.gov

Heart Disease and Stroke (Cardiovascular disease):

NHLBI Information for patients and the public - http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/index.htm


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Stroke Information Page - http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/stroke.htm

High Blood Pressure:

National High Blood Pressure Education Program - http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/nhbpep/index.htm
Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure - http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp


National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) - http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/ncep/index.htm



National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) -

Urinary incontinence

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse - http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/uiwomen/index.htm
http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/spanish/pubs/bcw_ez/index.htm (Spanish)

Gallbladder disease

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse - http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/topics/gallbladder.asp

Sleep disorders

NHLBI Sleep Disorders Information - http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/sleep/index.htm
Sleep apnea - http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/index.htm#pub


National Cancer Institute (NCI) - http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancerinfo/
(English & Spanish information)


Fatty Liver Disease - Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse -

Psychological problems / Mental Disorders

Eating Disorders

Other Information

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms: http://www.genome.gov/glossary/index.cfm

Clinical Trials Related to Obesity

To search for information about clinical trials in human volunteers, including the purpose of each trial, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov/ . Please note that some trials may not currently be enrolling volunteers. Please also note that the ClinicalTrials.gov website offers different search options, including focused searches for trials sponsored by the NIH and/or other agencies and organizations.


Last Modified: 04/18/2012

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