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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2005 Jul-Aug;37(4):203-5.

The National Weight Control Registry: a critique.

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  • 1Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley 94720-3104, USA.


This article is a critique of the claim that the National Weight Control Registry provides data showing that a significant number of adults in the United States have achieved permanent weight loss. We believe that promoting calorie-restricted dieting for the purpose of weight loss is misleading and futile. We advocate the adoption of a health-at-every-size (HAES) approach to weight management, focusing on the achievement and maintenance of lifestyle changes that improve metabolic indicators of health.

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