Adult Weight Management

Adult Weight Management

Welcome to the Adult Weight Management project site. This project includes:
  • Adult Weight Management Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines published in October 2014. Use the links on the left to access:
    • Executive Summary of Recommendations
    • Introduction which include the Guideline Overview, Scope, Statement of Intent, Search Methods and more.
    • Background Information
    • Major Recommendations
       
  • Adult Weight Management Evidence Analysis published in 2013-14.
    • Four (4) sub-topics to include Eating Frequency and Patterns; Estimating Resting Metabolic Rate; Nutrient Adequacy and Caloric Restriction; New Technology and Telenutrition
       
  • Adult Weight Management Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline published in 2006. Use the links on the left to access:
    • Executive Summary of the Recommendations
    • Introduction which includes the Guideline Overview, Scope, Statement of Intent, and Search Methods
    • Background Information, Appendices, and References
       
  • Adult Weight Management Evidence Analysis published in 2004-2007
    • Six (6) sub-topics to include: Eating Frequency and Patterns; Estimating Resting Metabolic Rate; Portion Control; Meal Replacements; Nutrition Education; and Selected Dietary Approaches.
       
  • Expand the Project Resources section below for information on products developed from this project.
  • Expand the Project Team sections for a listing of individuals who contributed their time and expertise to these projects.
  • Project Team (2013-2014)
    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to this project:

    Workgroup Members
    • Rebecca Reeves, DrPH, RD, FADA, Chair
    • Chris Biesemeier, MS, RD, LD, FADA
    • Molly Gee, MEd, RD, LD
    • Patricia Harper, MS, RD, LDN
    • Sachiko St. Jeor, PhD, RD
    Former Workgroup Members
    • Jackie Boucher, MS, RD, LD, CDE
    • Kajuanda H. Huntley, MS, RD
    Project Manager/Lead Analyst
    • Erica K. Gradwell, MS, RD
    Association Position Committee Members
    • Alana Cline, PhD, RD
    • Christine A. Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
    • Karen Greathouse, PhD, RD
    Evidence Analysts
    • Lori Brizee, MS, RDN, CSP
    • Laura Cook, PhD, RD
    • Sharon Foley, PhD, RD, LDN
    • Carol Klitzke, PhD, RDN, SNS
    • Kim Bandelier, MPH, LD
    • Helen Solomon, MBA, RD
    • Renee Korczak, PhD, RD
    • Michelle Lee, PhD, RD
    Guideline Reviewers
    • Elizabeth T. Anderson, MS, LDN
    • Kristine Clark, PhD, RDN, FACSM
    • Monica Lebre, MS, RDN, LDN
    • Juliet Mancino, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE
    • Ashley Mullins, RD, LD, CNSC
    • Eileen Stellefson Myers, MPH, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FADA, FAND
    • Stacy Paine, RDN, LD, CLT
    • Julie Schwartz, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, ACSM-HFS
    • Kristen N. Smith, MS, RD
    • Anna Tourkakis, MPA, DTR
    • Rebecca J. Threlkeld, MS, RDN
    • Kristin B. Walters, RD
    • Samantha R. Weiss, MPH, RD, LD
    • Christine K. Weithman, MBA, RD, LDN
    Academy Staff
    • Taylor Wolfram, MS, RD, LDN
    • Kari Kren, MPH, RD
    • Deborah Cummins, PhD
    • Joan Schwaba, MS, RD
    Financial Contributors
    • Systematic Review
      • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
      • Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group
    • Evidence-Based Guidelines
      • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts 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.
  • Project Team (2005-2007)
    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to this project:

    Workgroup Members
    • Christina W. Biesesmeier, MS, RD, LD, FADA, Chair
    • Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD, LD
    • Molly Gee, MEd, RD, LD
    • Patricia H. Harper, MS, RD, LDN
    • Cathy A. Nonas, MS, RD, CDE
    • Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RD, FADA
    • Sachiko T. St. Jeor, PhD, RD
    Project Manager/Lead Analyst
    • Erica K. Gradwell, MS, RD
    Evidence Analysts
    • Sheila Campbell, PhD, RD, LD
    • Mei Chung, PhD, MPH
    • Linda H. Clemens, EdD, RD
    • Mary Ann Cockram, MS, RD
    • Debby Demory-Luce, PhD, RD, LD
    • Erica K. Gradwell, MS, RD
    • Haewook Han, PhD, RD, LDN
    • Mary Katherine Hoy, EdD, RD, CDE
    • Kelly K.Leonard, MS, RD
    • Lynda M. March, PhD, RD, LD
    • Susan B. Moyers, PhD, MPH, MBA, LDN
    • Lisa M. Varner, PhD, RD
    Association Positions Committee Members
    • Helen W. Lane, PhD, RD
    • Naomi Trostler, PhD, RD
    Guideline Reviewers
    • George Blackburn, MD, PhD
    • Linda Boeckner
    • Susan Burke, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
    • Susan Cummings
    • Anne Daly, MS, RD, CDE
    • David Frankenfield, MS, RD
    • Jessye A. Goertz
    • Marion J. Franz, MS, RD, CDE
    • Elvira Q. Johnson, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
    • Rita M. Johnson, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA
    • Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD
    • Susan H. Laramee, MS, RD, LDN, FADA
    • Kim Larson,, MS, RD, LN
    • Nancy M. Lewis, PhD, RD, FADA
    • Anne Mathews, MS, RD
    • Emily Mitchell, RD, RD
    • Kathleen C. Niedert, MBA, RD, LD, FADA
    • Monica A. Penkilo, MPH, RD, CNSD, FADA
    • Kimberly Robien, PhD, RD, CNSD, FADA
    • Dorene Robinson, RD, CDN
    • Debra K. Sullivan, PhD, RD
    • Margaret J. Tate, MS, RD
    • Melanie Wilder, RD, LD
    Academy Staff
    • Deborah Cummins, PhD
    • Kari Kren, MPH, RD
    • Esther Myers,PhD, RD
    Financial Contributors
    • Evidence Analysis Work
      • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
      • Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group
      • Commission on Dietetic Registration
    • Evidence-Based Guideline
      • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts 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.
    • Molly Gee - consulted for the American Council for Fitness and Nutrition; American Academy of Family Physicians, Enovia Oil, Aspartame & Wrigley Science Institute; received an honorarium from General Mills; authored in the field of interest with Krause's Food Nutrition & Diet Therapy
    • Rebecca Reeves - consulted for Overall Nutrition Quality Index; Slim Fast; authored papers for Nontraditional/Treatment Approaches for Obesity & Topics in Clinical Nutrition Jan 2006
  • Project Resources
    The following resources were developed: 
     
    • Adult Weight Management Guideline Presentation - this 59-slide MS PowerPoint presentation includes all the recommendations and ratings of the AWM 2014 Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline. Ideal for you to use for meetings, in-service presentations and classes (this product is not designed for the consumer). Click to order.
       
    • Adult Weight Management - Managing and Losing Weight the Healthy Way - winning the 'battle of the bulge' is no small feat. Everyone is eager to share their battle plan. Weight loss methods vary. And there are so many different message and way sot lose weight. This brochure, designed for the general public, discusses nutrition and what works to manage or lose weight. Click to order.     
       
    • Academy Position Paper: Interventions for the Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults - It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that successful treatment of overweight and obesity in adults requires adoption and maintenance of lifestyle behaviors contributing to both dietary intake and physical activity. These behaviors are influenced by many factors; therefore, interventions incorporating more than one level of the socioecological model and addressing several key factors in each level may be more successful than interventions targeting any one level and factor alone. Registered dietitian nutritionists, as part of a multidisciplinary team, need to be current and skilled in weight management to effectively assist and lead efforts that can reduce the obesity epidemic. Using the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Evidence Analysis Process and Evidence Analysis Library, this position paper presents the current data and recommendations for the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults. Evidence on intrapersonal influences, such as dietary approaches, lifestyle intervention, pharmacotherapy, and surgery, is provided. Factors related to treatment, such as intensity of treatment and technology, are reviewed. Community-level interventions that strengthen existing community assets and capacity and public policy to create environments that support healthy energy balance behaviors are also discussed.

      Interventions for the Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults J Acad Nutr Diet January 2016;116 (1):29-147 (PDF