Do you need to
lose weight? If so, you're not alone. More than half of American adults
are overweight or obesem and more than on in three Americans are trying
to lose weight.
planning to try one of the many available weight loss products or
services, but aren't sure which one is right for you. It's easy to feel
lost in the maze of choices out there each promising the best
Now there's help
in sorting through all these options. The Partnership for Healthy
Weight Management encourages providers of weight loss programs to
follow Voluntary Guidelines for Providers of Weight Loss Products or
Services* to give you basic information about their
The first part of
this booklet describes the type of information participating programs
provide and helps you ask the right questions to choose a safe and
effective weight loss method. The second part helps you tell whether
your weight puts you at risk for health problems.
are for commercial weight loss products or services intended for
adults. Overweight or obese children and adolescents have special
needs, which the Partnership will address by developing special
guidelines. The Guidelines are not intended to evaluate weight loss
books, articles, Web sites or other publications.