U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Weight Control & Healthy Living A-Z

Weight control and healthy living topics are listed in alphabetical order. Select a letter to locate a disease or condition, diagnostic test, or anatomy topic.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts, supports, and coordinates research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The NIDDK cannot provide medical advice for individuals. The information provided here is informed by NIDDK research, reviewed by doctors, and provided to help you understand more about the diseases and conditions you or your loved ones may face. The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health, the medical research ​agency of the United States.​

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Active at Any Size!

Contains information designed to encourage black women to move more and eat better.


Bariatric Surgery for Severe Obesity

Describes  types of bariatric surgery, best youth and adult candidates for surgery and side effects of these surgeries.

Be a Health Champion

Offers individuals and groups resources and strategies to help their audiences improve health.

Be Active When You Have Diabetes

Very easy-to-read materials help people with diabetes learn about the benefits of being physically active and ways to increase their activity level.

Being Healthy Is a Big Deal! (PDF, 399KB)

Provides parents, caregivers, and youth healthy eating and physical activity tips.

Binge Eating Disorder

Describes the signs of binge eating disorder, possible causes, health risks and how people with binge eating disorder may be helped.

Body Weight Planner

The tool helps adults set their personal physical activity and calorie goals


Celebrate the Beauty of Youth

Provides young black women tips about how to stay active and eat healthy.

Changing Your Habits: Steps to Better Health

Discusses and offers strategies to help improve eating and physical activity habits and outlines four stages experienced when changing a health behavior.

Charge Up!

Discusses strategies for teenagers to select and plan healthy meals and snacks.

Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program

Provides tips on how to identify a weight-loss program that helps with losing weight safely, keeping the weight off over time and discussing weight with health care providers.

Climb These Steps to a Healthier You! (PDF, 390 KB)

Provides adults tips to change behaviors to improve their eating and physical activity habits.


Dieting and Gallstones

Describes gallstones, the effect of overweight and dieting on risk and safe ways to lose weight to reduce risk.

Do You Know Some of the Health Risks of Being Overweight?

Discusses the links between excess weight and many health conditions and explains how reaching and maintaining a normal weight may help with staying healthy later in life.

Don't Take a Vacation From Your Healthy Habits This Summer!

Provides tips for staying healthy during the Summer.


Energize Yourself and Your Family!

Provides information to help black women and their families eat healthier and move more.


Fit and Fabulous as You Mature

Contains information designed to encourage black women to move more and eat better.

Fit for Two - Tips for Pregnancy

Contains tips on how to eat better and be more active while you are pregnant and after your baby is born.


Get in the Game: Tips for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Tip Sheet (PDF, 338 KB)

​Offers men doable tips to eat more whole grains, sit less, and more to improve health

Get Moving! Take Charge of Your Health

Discusses reasons to be active and provides examples of indoor and outdoor activities that can be fun.

Get on Track to a Healthier You (PDF, 463 KB)

​Get on track to a healthier you with these health and
fitness tips for men.

Getting on Track: Physical Activity and Healthy Eating for Men

Provides men tips on how to create healthy habits by discussing weight, health and lifestyle choices.

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

The glossary defines words that are often used when people talk or write about healthy eating, obesity, physical activity, and weight control.


Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents

Provides parents with tips to help youth improve eating and physical activity habits.

Helping Your Overweight Child

Provides information to help children reach and maintain a healthy weight.


Improving Your Health: Tips for African Americans

Provides information on how to make better food and beverage choices and how to add physical activity to daily life.


Just Enough for You: About Food Portions

Offers tips on how to control portions at home and when eating out.


Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS)

LABS is a six clinical centers and a data coordinating center working in cooperation with NIH scientific staff to plan, develop, and conduct coordinated clinical, epidemiological, and behavioral research in bariatric surgery.



Overweight and Obesity Statistics

Describes the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States by providing statistics.


Parents...Splash Into a Healthy Summer With These Ideas! Tip Sheet (PDF, 295 KB)

​Offers parents and caregivers doable tips to help their families stay active and healthy during the summer.


Share What You Know to Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

Share this infographic on Facebook and Twitter and help others understand how to reduce overweight and obesity among kids.

Sisters Together Program Guide

Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better is a health awareness program that encourages black women 18 years and older to maintain a healthy weight by being more physically active and eating healthy.

Small Steps, Big Rewards. Prevent Type 2 Diabetes For Life. Campaign Overview

Millions of Americans are at high risk for diabetes, a serious and costly disease that has reached epidemic proportions in the past 10 years. The good news: type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed.


Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers

Provides small and doable steps to help teenagers get healthier by explaining how the body works, how to make healthy food choices, and how to increase physical activity.

Talking with Patients about Weight Loss: Tips for Primary Care Providers

Discusses and offers tips and resources for primary care providers to address the sensitive topic of weight control with patients.

The World Around You Use What You Have to Stay Healthy and Fit

Provides information for how to maintain healthy habits, such as eating well and exercising regularly, by utilizing your surroundings and the world around.

Tips for Kids: Eating Healthy Foods

This colorful, easy-to-read, reproducible tip sheet contains the basics about managing type 2 diabetes for children and their families. It also includes a list of resources where you can get more information for children.

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Be Active

This colorful, easy-to-read, reproducible tip sheet contains the basics about managing type 2 diabetes for children and their families. It also includes a list of resources where you can get more information for children.

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Make Healthy Food Choices

Make healthy food choices to help reach your weight loss goal. There are many weight loss plans from which to choose.

Tips for Teens: Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

If you have a family history of diabetes, or you’ve been told by a health care professional that you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight.

Tips to Help You Get Active

Identifies and discusses roadblocks to being physically active and provides information on how to be active.


Understanding Adult Overweight and Obesity

Provides information for those who may be at risk of developing weight-related health problems, explains how overweight and obesity are treated, and provides ideas for improving health at any weight.

Use the World Around You to Stay Healthy and Fit (PDF, 1.2 MB)

​Provides adults and youth a few tips on how to use what they already have to stay healthy.


Very Low-calorie Diets

Describes very low-calorie diets (VLCDs), health benefits, and risks.


Walking... A Step in the Right Direction!

Provides information about the health benefits of walking, how to start a walking program, and sample warm-up stretches.

Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths

Describes myths and facts regarding weight loss, nutrition, and physical activity.

What I need to know about Eating and Diabetes

Provides the basics of meal planning for people with diabetes. Reviews nutrition basics, including what, when, and how much a person with diabetes should eat.


Young at Heart: Tips for Older Adults

Offers tips and tools to help people ages 65 and over eat healthy foods and be physically active.

Young at Heart: Your Checklist for Better Health (PDF, 702 KB)

Provides older adults an easy to follow checklist to help them create new eating and physical activity habits to improve health and reduce disease risk.