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About 78.6 million adults in the United States — more than a third — are categorized as obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above.
It’s an epidemic that can lead to serious, chronic health outcomes. And because of its prevalence, many people look online for answers on how to manage this condition.
There are numerous blogs and websites available that offer weight loss help, obesity information, and community support. Here are the very best for 2016.
300 Pounds Down
Holly once weighed over 400 pounds and had a love-hate relationship with food. She loved it, but it did not love her back. Over the years, she has reclaimed her life and taken control of her weight. 300 Pounds Down is her account of her weight loss journey and life as a healthy once-obese mother. She writes about how she stays healthy through smart cooking, reflects on her journey, and exudes a positive attitude.
Connect on Twitter: @300poundsdown
If you’re interested in a huge online community with unprecedented support for a variety of medical conditions, DailyStrength will no doubt be your cup of tea. Their blog posts, written by medical professionals like Dr. Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, cover a wide variety of topics, including obesity and weight loss. Learn all about the pros and cons of new weight loss products and supplements, actionable tips for when you’re at the office or traveling, and get expert answers for commonly asked questions.
Diane Carbonell is the author of the book “150 Pounds Gone Forever,” a personal account of her weight loss journey, which began 18 years ago when she was 158 pounds heavier. Her weight management success has inspired her to help others, with advice, recipes, and personal coaching.
Connect on Twitter: @FitToTheFinish
Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes
There’s definitely something to be said for getting advice and obesity information from an expert, and Dr. Arya M. Sharma is just that. He’s a professor of obesity research at the University of Alberta, and he is also the founder of the Canadian Obesity Network. Dr. Sharma reviews the latest research and offers a reputable, scientific perspective.
Connect on Twitter: @DrSharma
Escape from Obesity
This stay-at-home mom is a weight loss success story, having lost over 100 pounds since she started blogging. Brutally honest, her blog is a testament to the struggles that accompany living with obesity and managing weight loss. If you are struggling with your weight or looking to achieve major weight loss, you might find comfort in the chronicles of someone going through a similar process.
Connect on Twitter: @Lyn2007
Fooducate is an app that can assist you in making healthy food choices, and their blog has a similar goal. Updated regularly, their blog covers everything from hidden added sugar, to which beers are the healthiest, to what you need to know about supplementing. There are daily tips and a Nutrition 101 section, to help you get started on healthy living.
Connect on Twitter: @Fooducate
Marion Nestle is a food and nutrition expert who is also a professor at New York University and the author of several books that discuss the relationship between government regulations on our food and public health. Come here to read about how new measures — like the British soda tax — will affect obesity rates, the takeaways from industry-funded nutrition studies, and breakdowns on the health effects of new food products.
Connect on Twitter: @marionnestle
Many health-conscious folks have heard of the app MyFitnessPal, but did you know they have their own health blog? From month-long squat challenges to recipes for healthy yet delicious eats, like banana French toast and mac and cheese bites, this is a great resource for living well.
Connect on Twitter: @MyFitnessPal
It’s Not About Nutrition
For children, obesity presents unique challenges. Dina Rose, Ph.D., is a sociologist who believes that keeping children healthy begins with proper eating habits, not individual food choices. Her blog is a resource for parents who want to raise kids with healthy habits that last a lifetime. In addition to her blog, you can find free resource sheets, podcasts, and more.
Connect on Twitter: @DrDrRose
The OAC Blog
The Obesity Action Coalition is a 50,000-member nonprofit that advocates for obesity education and awareness. Their blog is a collection of educational posts and those designed to raise awareness about issues affecting people with obesity. The organization calls on lawmakers and the public to take the concerns of obesity into consideration. We also love their commitment to fighting weight bias and their calls to action.
Connect on Twitter: @ObesityAction
For every real, effective obesity treatment, it seems like there are 30 gimmicks. On Obesity Panacea — which is written by two obesity researchers, and hosted by the online scientific journal, PLOS One — you’ll find the real answers. Fat-burning teas, superfoods, surgeries — if you’re curious about the latest in obesity research and how it stacks up against what you’ve heard online or the radio, this blog will help.
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff is a family doctor, professor, and author of “The Diet Fix.” On his blog you can find no-nonsense health information for losing weight and maintaining it. In his posts and videos, he breaks down common mistakes that many of us make and provides simple, approachable health advice.
Connect on Twitter: @YoniFreedhoff
The World According to Eggface
For some folks, weight loss surgery is the gateway to a healthier life. Shelly, the blogger behind The World According to Eggface, jump-started her weight loss with gastric bypass surgery in 2006. She has stayed on the healthy lifestyle track since then, and her blog is a testament to that, where she tracks her daily menu (with yummy recipes), reviews the latest healthy food products, and even offers nutritious giveaways.
Connect on Twitter: @Eggface
Zoë Harcombe’s Blog
Wales-based Zoë Harcombe is an author and public health advocate committed to ensuring that people get all of the information necessary to make smart, healthy choices. On her blog, she breaks down the latest nutrition regulations and recommendations from both sides of the pond, calling out instances of bias or insufficient evidence.
Connect on Twitter: @zoeharcombe
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