Healthy Weight Week: No Scams, Gimmicks, or Tricks - Just the Facts

By: Ala Wallace & Christina Sielbeck, University of Maryland College Park, Dietetic Interns   Date: 1/20/10

Did you know that this week is the 18th annual Healthy Weight Week?  The main focus is not to glamorize too-thin bodies or advertise the latest diets and weight-loss gimmicks.  Instead, this week aims to spread awareness of self-acceptance and a non-diet, lifestyle-centered approach to achieving a healthy weight for every body.

According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation's 2010 Food & Health Survey, 70% of Americans are concerned about their weight, and 77% of are trying to lose or maintain their weight.  When asked about what actions they are taking to achieve a healthy weight, 69% of Americans report changing the amount of food they eat, 63% changing the type of the foods they eat and 60% are taking part in physical activity.

Are you part of the majority of Americans trying to lose or maintain weight?
Having healthy eating habits and taking part in regular physical activity are great ways to help improve your well-being.  Achieving a healthy weight can be hard, but it is the hard work and determination that will help pay off - and take the weight off - in the end.
The IFIC Foundation provides consumers with many online resources related to weight management. The following is a short list of just a few of the resources available to help you to success:
Finding Balance: Understanding How Calories Work. This easy-to-read brochure explains what a calorie is, factors affecting calorie intake, importance of portion control and more.
Foods for Health: Managing Your Weight. The IFIC Foundation partnered with best-selling author, David Grotto, RD, on this short and entertaining video filled with tips about slimming foods and lifestyle strategies for managing weight.
Weight Loss: Finding A Program That Works for You. Having trouble knowing whether a weight loss method is safe for you to try? This booklet contains checklists for evaluating safety and effectiveness of different weight loss methods so you can decide what approach is best for you.
Weight Management Hot Topic Page. This page on provides a place where the latest hot topics in weight management are right at your fingertips.
In addition to all that the IFIC Foundation has to offer, here are some other resources that you may find helpful:
Aim for a Healthy Weight. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has extensive information about weight-loss recommendations, physical activity and eating healthfully.  It even features a menu planner and information about We Can!, a program geared toward helping families be healthy.
- Healthy Weight: It's Not a Diet, It's a Lifestyle! This page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides articles, interactive tools, the latest research, success stories and more to help you make healthful lifestyle changes.

So from all of us at the International Food Information Council Foundation...Happy Healthy Weight Week!  We hope you find these weight management resources helpful in your quest to better health. 

What are some of your guiding principles to make every week Healthy Weight Week?