• Project Resources

    The following resources were developed from this project:

    • The Academy's Position Paper on Weight Management has a section on surgery
      Abstract: It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that successful weight management to improve overall health for adults requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors emphasizing sustainable and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity. given the increasing incidence of overweight and obesity along with the escalating health care costs associated with weight-related illnesses, health care providers must discover how to effectively treat this complex condition. Food and nutrition professionals should stay current and skilled in weight management to assist clients in preventing weight gain, optimizing individual weight loss interventions, and achieving long-term weight loss maintenance. using the American Dietetic Association's Evidence analysis Process and Evidence Analysis Library, this position paper presents the current data and recommendations for weight management. The evidence supporting the value of portion control, eating frequency, meal replacements, and very-low-energy diets are discussed as well as physical activity, behavior therapy, pharmacotherapy, and surgery. Public policy changes to create environments that an assist all populations to achieve and sustain healthful life-style behaviors are also reviewed. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109;330-346 (PDF)




  • Project Team

    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to this project.

    Workgroup Members

    • Susan M. Cummings, MS, RD, Chair
    • Christina W.Biesemeier, MS, RD, LDN, FADA
    • Shelley Kirk, PhD, RD, LD
    • Alice K. Lindeman, PhD, RD
    • Laurie C. Maimonis, RD, LD
    • Julie M. Parrott, MS, RD, LD
    • Naomi Trostler, PhD, RD

    Project Managers

    • Kari Kren, MPH, RD, LD
    • Laurie E. Sweet, MHA, MS, RD, LD

    Lead Analyst

    • Patti S. Landers, PhD, RD, LD

    Evidence Analysts

    • Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RD
    • Katie Clark, MPH, RD
    • Patricia G. Davidson, MS, RD, LDN
    • Rima E. Kleiner, MS, RD
    • Mary E. 'Beth' Mills, MS, RD, CNSD, LDN
    • Lori A. Neighbors, PhD, RD
    • Christopher A. Taylor, PhD, RD, LD
    • Sharon D. (Evering) Weil, MS, RD, CNSD

    Financial Contributors

    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group

    Disclosures of Potential Conflict of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, the Academy has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the Academy Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers.

    • None of the workgroup members listed above disclosed potential conflicts of interest.