Do You Know the Health Risks of Being Overweight? provides readers information
about the health problems linked to being overweight. The brochure also outlines how
people may prevent or reduce the negative effects of weighing more than they should
by eating healthier and getting regular exercise.
"A loss of as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can make a difference in
your overall health," says Susan Yanovski, M.D., director of the Obesity and Eating
Disorders Program, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
(NIDDK). "The key is a slow and steady weight loss of no more than 1 pound per
week so that you minimize muscle loss."
The brochure, provided by the federally funded Weight-control Information Network
(WIN), is free and can be obtained by calling WIN's toll-free number,
1-800-WIN-8098, or by visiting its website (http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/win.htm). In addition to information on weight loss, WIN's toll-free number and website provide information on topics such as childhood
obesity, choosing a safe and successful weight-loss program, weight cycling, and binge
In 1994, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
(NIDDK), a part of the NIH, established WIN in response to the growing problem of
overweight in the United States.