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Weight Management Research to Practice Series

research to practiceThe Weight Management Research to Practice Series is designed to summarize the science on a weight management topic. An overview of the science will be compiled into a summary document appropriate for public health professionals, including implications for practice. In addition, some installments in the series will be accompanied by a brochure geared toward the general public.

New!Low-Energy-Dense Foods and Weight Management: Cutting Calories While Controlling Hunger - Research to Practice Series No. 5 PDF file (PDF-2.3Mb)
Have you tried to lose weight by cutting down the amount of food you eat? Do you still feel hungry and not satisfied after eating? You can cut calories without eating less nutritious food. The key is to eat foods that will fill you up without eating a large amount of calories.
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Can eating fruits and vegetables help people to manage their weight? Research to Practice Series No. 1PDF file (PDF-244k)
Consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with lower risks for numerous chronic diseases, including some cancers and cardiovascular disease. Even so, the impact of eating fruits and vegetables on weight management has not been widely researched. This document will examine the evidence from available studies to determine whether eating fruits and vegetables can help with weight management.
Also available as a PowerPoint Presentation1 (PPT–748k) intended for use by Health Professionals. It explains how fruits and vegetables can be substituted for higher calorie foods in weight management.
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Do Increased Portion Sizes Affect How Much We Eat? Research to Practice Series No. 2PDF file (PDF-245k)
This research-to-practice review examines what science underlies the notion that large portion sizes have contributed to weight gain among Americans. This section also offers ideas to practitioners about how to counsel their patients or clients about portion size.
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Does Drinking Beverages with Added Sugars Increase the Risk of Overweight? Research to Practice Series No. 3PDF file (PDF-1.24Mb)
One way to decrease calorie intake is by decreasing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. This research brief explores the relationship between drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and weight management, and provides suggestions for non-caloric beverages alternatives.
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Does Breastfeeding Reduce the Risk of Pediatric Overweight? research to Practice Series No. 4PDF file (PDF-1.3Mb)
The health of American children is being threatened by overweight and the conditions that may stem from this problem, such as elevated serum lipid and insulin concentrations, elevated blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and psychosocial problems. This Research to Practice (R2P) brief explores the relationship between breastfeeding and pediatric overweight.

In addition to the practitioner's scientific review, newborn infant Crib Cards are being offered, that can be used by hospitals for recording newborn's vital information and help parents make this important infant feeding decision at the pertinent time.

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Page last reviewed: August 11, 2008
Page last updated: August 11, 2008
Content Source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion