How Many Calories Do You Need to Eat Per Day?

By Marion Nestle

The new Body Weight Simulator from the journal The Lancet can tell you—and its new papers on obesity are worth a look, too

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The British journal The Lancet has a special series of papers on obesity and obesity policy, just out.

Don't miss the Body Weight Simulator! It's great fun to play with before or after a hurricane.

You type in your age, weight, and height (you can change the metrics to pounds and inches), and indicate your activity level. It tells you how many calories you can eat every day to maintain that weight (Yikes! That's all? No wonder I have so much trouble.)

It also tells you how many calories you need to reduce in order to lose weight over whatever time period you specify.

And here are the papers, reviews, and commentaries (you will need to log in to read more than the summary):

The future challenge of obesity
David King
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Reversing the tide of obesity
William H Dietz
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Where next for obesity
Harry Rutter
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The global obesity pandemic: shaped by global drivers and local environments
Boyd A Swinburn, Gary Sacks, Kevin D Hall, Klim McPherson, Diane T Finegood, Marjory L Moodie, Steven L Gortmaker
Summary | Full Text | PDF

Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK
Y Claire Wang, Klim McPherson, Tim Marsh, Steven L Gortmaker, Martin Brown
Summary | Full Text | PDF

Quantification of the effect of energy imbalance on bodyweight
Kevin D Hall, Gary Sacks, Dhruva Chandramohan, Carson C Chow, Y Claire Wang, Steven L Gortmaker, Boyd A Swinburn
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Changing the future of obesity: science, policy, and action
Steven L Gortmaker, Boyd A Swinburn, David Levy, Rob Carter, Patricia L Mabry, Diane T Finegood, Terry Huang, Tim Marsh, Marjory L Moodie
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http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/08/how-many-calories-do-you-need-to-eat-per-day/244270/