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This glossary defines words that are often used when people talk or write about obesity, physical activity, and weight control. It is written for people who are overweight or obese, or interested in learning more about obesity, physical activity, nutrition, and weight control.

The words are listed in alphabetical order. Some words have many meanings; only those meanings that relate to weight control are included. A term will refer the reader to another definition only when the definition gives additional information about the term.

This information is not intended to provide medical advice. Please speak with your health care provider to discuss any questions or concerns you have about weight control, physical activity, or nutrition.


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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
National Institutes of Health

NIH Publication No. 02-4976
January 2002