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Strengths: Encouraged to consult qualified professionals if interested inlearning about nutrition or seeking professional advice. Provide good supportstructure.Weaknesses: Binge eating problems do not apply to everyone.Comments: No fees, voluntary contributions. Only membership requirementis a desire to stop compulsive eating. Online “meetings” available as well.TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)()Characteristics: Diet based on a standard diet of regular foods. Groupmeetings for weekly weigh-ins, education and support. Groups organizedlocally, variation possible.Strengths: Nutritionally sound diet. Emphasizes slow, steady weight loss.Encourages camaraderie for support.Comments: Dues assessed per year. Less commercial than Weight Watchers.Does not sell food products or accept advertising from commercial companies.Nonprofit and noncommercial. Online membership is offered as well.Weight Watchers()Characteristics: Group meetings for education and support. Individualcounseling available. Integrates food, behavior, social support, and exercise.Emphasis on meal planning. Calories not counted daily. Lifestyle fit andconvenience is paramount. Weight Watchers food available, not required.
Points plan gives points to food based on calories, fat, and fiber. Each personreceives a daily point allotment based on current weight. Plan to stay withindaily allotment.Strengths: Nutritionally balanced. Emphasizes slow, steady weight loss.Teaches how to maintain ideal weight. Personal daily exercise plan. No goodor bad foods. Focus on sustainable, healthy lifestyle.Comments: Lifetime membership by maintaining weight within 2 pounds ofgoal weight for six weeks. Has a meeting-based or online option.Additional ResourcesFor more information on a healthy diet, refer to the websites:ChooseMyPlate at:USDA Dietary Guidelines at:Beware of high costs, pressure to buy special foods or pills, and fraudulentclaims. For more information on spotting nutrition fraud, see fact sheetNutrition Misinformation: How to Identify Fraud and Misleading ClaimsReferencesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Obesity and Overweight.Available atlast accessed on May10, 2013.Saper, RB, Eisenberg, DM, Phillips, RS.Common Dietary Supplements forWeight Loss. Am Fam Phys. 70:1731-8, 2004.Tufts University. Special Supplement to the Tufts University Health & NutritionLetter. October 2007.U.S. Food and Drug Administration Agency.Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)Information Page. 2005.accessed December 10,2008.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Agency.Sales of Supplements ContainingEphedrine Alkaloids (Ephedra) Prohibited. 2007.

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Fall
Professor
Agrawal
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Speak, overweight and obesity

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