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  • Medical News Today - Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness News
    4 star rating The latest medical and health news headlines directed to an international audience of health professionals. Includes articles and reports of pharmaceutical and biotechnology developments.
  • Science Daily News - Weight Loss
    3 star rating News releases regarding medical research developments from universities, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and other scientific institutions. These announcements present new discoveries in therapeutics and disease management. ScienceDaily Magazine.

Full Text / MultiMedia

  • "Obesity" Powerpoint Lectures
    5 star rating Powerpoint lectures that discuss the use of journal impact factors in quantitatively assessing the importance of medical journals based upon the frequency that their articles are cited. collected by the Google search service.
  • Obesity Surgery Publications and Productions at Pittsburgh
    5 star rating Papers and videos from the UPMC Weight Management Center.
  • Obesity Research
    4 star rating Free full text journal articles made available by the publisher. Change the year in the search window for alternate years.
  • Weight Management Resource Center at Medscape
    4 star rating REG A collection of news items, treatment updates, conference summaries, articles, practice guidelines, practical clinical tools on obesity, weight loss and weight maintenance. Free registration. Medscape, Inc.
  • International Bariatric Surgery Registry Newsletter
    3 star rating Publishes short articles, reports and statistical data related to surgical treatment of obesity. 1995-present. Department of Surgery, The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
  • Obesity Online-The Internet Magazine
    3 star rating Original articles, news, slides, and weblinks on the research, surgery, and medical treatment of massive obesity. Editor-In-Chief is Karl A. Miller, MD, of the Surgical Department of the General Hospital of Salzburg, Austria.



  • Obesity Chapter - Family Practice Notebook
    5 star rating A section from an ongoing compendium of the diagnosis and management of common medical problems seen in Family Practice. Family Practice Notebook, LLC.
  • Obesity in Adults Clinical Guide
    5 star rating An evidence-based guide that assists health practitioners in effectively managing obese adult patients. The publication was developed by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). PDF file format.

Major Sites / Home Pages

  • American Society for Bariatric Surgery
    4 star rating The largest society for bariatric surgeons in the world. This website presents information about the Society, membership information, news, upcoming courses and meetings, and a review of surgery for obesity.
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians
    4 star rating A national professional medical specialty society of licensed physicians who offer specialized programs in the medical treatment of obesity (bariatrics) and its associated conditions. Presents information about the Society, news & views, practice guidelines, publications, CME courses, weight loss programs, FAQs, and a directory of bariatric physicians.
  • Association for the Study of Obesity
    4 star rating Includes information about the Association, research programs, news and events, conferences and conference papers, and the Obesity Resource Information Centre with fact sheets on various aspects of obesity, and links to other obesity related sites. Searchable. UK.
  • American Obesity Association
    3 star rating An organization focused on changing public policy and perceptions about obesity through education and lobbying. This website includes membership information, mission and policy statements, publications, news, research reports, meetings, basic information about obesity and related complications, facts about obesity treatment, and an action plan to reduce the prevalence of obesity.
  • International Association for the Study of Obesity
    3 star rating Includes membership information, news, conference listings, reports of research, publications, job opportunities, related links, reports of the International Obesity TaskForce. Searchable.
  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity
    3 star rating Includes membership information, statements on morbid obesity and its treatment, bariatric surgeons qualifications and individual listing, guidelines for patient selection for bariatric surgery, upcoming meetings, publications, links to related web sites, abstracts from the Obesity Surgery journal 2001.
  • North American Association for the Study of Obesity
    3 star rating News, press releases, announcements, meetings, calendar of events, discussion group, publications & guidelines, fellowships and reseach fundings, links to related web sites. Searchable.
  • Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand
    2 star rating Presents information about the Society, information for members and patients, short description of history and technique of bariatric surgery, related links.


  • Body mass Index Calculator
    5 star rating Users enter weight and height. The BMI level is offered along with comparison tables.
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Video
    5 star rating A video of the Lap Band procedure in which an adjustable silicone band that is placed by laparoscopic "keyhole" surgery around the upper part of the stomach to create a small gastric pouch.
  • The Story of Surgery for Obesity
    4 star rating A short history of bariatric surgery, bariatric procedures, gastric bypass techniques and complications. American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

Practice Guidelines / FAQs

  • Obesity: Assessment and Management in Primary Care - 2000
    5 star rating Year 2000 evidence-based guidelines that provide guidance on the identification and management of overweight and obese patients.
  • Clinical Guidelines on Overweight and Obesity at NHLBI
    4 star rating Presents clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults. Includes press releases, tip sheets, and a Body Mass Index table and calculator. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.


Patient Education

  • Shape Up America!
    5 star rating Presents information for patients, families, and health professionals. Includes the latest information about safe weight management, weight loss programs, diabesity, news & press releases, publications, BMI, fitness and support centers, FAQs, Body Fat Lab, quizzes, and CyberKitchen-a guide to healthy eating.
  • NIDDK - Weight Loss and Control
    4 star rating Includes fact sheets related to eating disorders, obesity, diet, nutrition, and weight loss, statistical data, research reports, information about clinical trials, and links to related web resources. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, NIH.
  • Body Composition Test
    3 star rating Explains Body Mass Index, risk levels, includes a table to calculate risk based on height/weight ratio.
  • Obesity - APICENTER
    2 star rating Includes a large collection of links to obesity and weight management resources for patients and health professionals, such as reports of research, news, guidelines, meetings, obesity medications, publications. APIMED International-The Health Channel, Helsinki, Finland.

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