The National Weight Control Registry: a critique

J Nutr Educ Behav. 2005 Jul-Aug;37(4):203-5. doi: 10.1016/s1499-4046(06)60247-9.


This article is a critique of the claim that the National Weight Control Registry provides data showing that a significant number of adults in the United States have achieved permanent weight loss. We believe that promoting calorie-restricted dieting for the purpose of weight loss is misleading and futile. We advocate the adoption of a health-at-every-size (HAES) approach to weight management, focusing on the achievement and maintenance of lifestyle changes that improve metabolic indicators of health.

MeSH terms

  • Diet, Reducing*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Obesity / diet therapy*
  • Registries
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Loss / physiology*