Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 74 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Mar-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Mar-2004
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FDA proposes action plan to confront nation's obesity problem
Since the late 1980s, adult obesity has steadily increased in this country. About 64 percent of Americans are overweight and more than 30 percent are obese. To help tackle what FDA is calling the "nation's obesity epidemic," the agency released, on March 12, 2004, the final report of its Obesity Working Group.  more

HHS unveils FDA strategy to help reduce obesity: New "calories count" approach
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson released a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report outlining another element in HHS' comprehensive strategy for combating the epidemic of obesity that threatens the health of millions of Americans with a focus on the message, "calories count." more

Calories count: Report of the working group on obesity
The report that follows provides, for your consideration, a range of short- and long-term recommendations that are responsive to the charge of tackling the nation's obestiy problem. The scientists that wrote the report are convinced that, if the report's recommendations are implemented, the recommendations will make a worthy contribution to confronting our Nation's obesity epidemic and helping consumers lead healthier lives through better nutrition. The report also contains a number of appendices, including your original charge memo, the list of OWG members and subgroups, and other supporting material. more


FDA Backgrounder: Report of the working group on obesity
FDA's Obesity Working Group (OWG) report outlines an action plan to cover critical dimensions of the obesity problem from FDA's perspective and authorities. The recommendations in the report are centered on the scientific fact that weight control is primarily a function of caloric balance. For this reason, the OWG recommendations focus on a "calories count" emphasis. The recommendations provide a plan of action that is founded on science, FDA's public health mission and legal authorities, and the importance of considering consumer and other stakeholder views and needs in addressing obesity.  more

Questions and answers: The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) obesity working group report
What steps led to the formation of FDA's Obesity Working Group? Why is FDA concerned about obesity? What other federal agencies are working as part of DHHS' obesity initiative? What is the answer to fighting obesity? What is the focus of FDA's recommendations? What are the OWG report recommendations? How will the OWG recommendations be implemented? In what way does FDA's report focus on children? more

Sample food labels with proposed changes (PDF)
FDA is making several label change proposals. This set of sample labels demonstrates a new emphasis on calories. FDA is also proposing that some consumer containers be labeled as a single serving, rather than two or three. This proposal would change the current 20-ounce soda bottle label from 2.5 servings and 110 calories, to one serving and 275 calories.  more

Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults [PDF document, 854 K]
This report targets primary care practitioners and provides evidence for the effects of treatment on overweight and obesity. It is based on the systematic review of the published scientific literature to address 35 key clinical questions on how different treatment strategies affect weight loss and how weight control affects the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. 228 pages. NIH  more

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