Weighing the Options: Criteria for Evaluating Weight-Management Programs

By Committee to Develop Criteria for Evaluating the Outcomes of Approaches to Prevent and Treat Obesity, Food and Nutrition Board
Pages: 282
Item #: 4316590
ISBN: 978-0-309-05131-6
List Price: $9.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $9.95
Copyright: 1995
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

This new report describes the epidemic of obesity in America and its consequences in terms of individual health and self-image as well as the cost to the nation. It examines the spectrum of weight-control programs (do-it-yourself, nonclinical, and clinical) and discusses approaches to weight loss: physical means including diet, exercise, drug therapy, and surgery as well as various aspects of behavior modification.

The authors provide a decision-making model that links the consumer's choice with the weight-loss options available. Three criteria are explored in detail:

  • match between program and consumer
  • soundness and safety of the program
  • program outcomes

The report address the state of obesity prevention, and it advocates a new concept of treatment that focuses on achieving health rather than on simply losing weight. It concludes with a policy and research agenda.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction and Background
  2. The Nature and Problem of Obesity
  3. Programs For and Approaches to Treating Obesity
  4. Weighing the Options
  5. Criterion 1: The Match Between Program and Consumer
  6. Criterion 2: The Soundness and Safety of the Program
  7. Criterion 3: Outcomes of the Program
  8. Weighing the Options: Application of Committee's Criteria
  9. Prevention of Obesity
  10. Research and Policy Recommendations


  1. Assessment Instruments of Relevance to Obesity Treatment
  2. The Diet Readiness Test and the General Well-Being Schedule
  3. Pediatric Obesity
    —Beatrice S. Kanders
  4. Accrediting Providers of Weight-Management Services
    —Arthur Frank
  5. Biographies of Committee Members