Union 7: Wellness Day

October 11, 2002

The Obesity Epidemic: Fighting Back

Internet Resources for this presentation:

Body Mass Index http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/index.htm

  • This site is sponsored by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Nutrition and Physical Activity. It includes links to the definition of BMI and uses for Adults and children as well as a BMI calculator.

Dietary Reference Intakes Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Fat, Protein and Amino Acids (Macronutrients) http://www4.nationalacademies.org/news.nsf/isbn/0309085373?OpenDocument

  • This is a press release and short summary of the full report. There are links to the full report, which is available, on-line.

Food Pyramid http://www.usda.gov/cnpp/index.htm

  • This site has links to information about the use of the food pyramid for adults and children. Copies of the pyramids are available for downloading. The site also contains consumer information for the Dietary Guidelines and 5 a Day for Health programs.

Mayo Clinic Food Pyramid http://www.mayo.edu/comm/mcr/news_1393.html

  • Variation on the USDA food pyramid that emphasizes fruit and vegetable intake, low energy density foods and physical activity for weight loss, maintenance and long term health.


Kathryn H. Thompson, PhD, RD, LD

Department Of Biochemistry and Nutrition

College of Osteopathic Medicine

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine

207-283-0170 ext.2216