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Health Conditions


The Basics

Learn the basics about obesity and how to aim for a healthy weight. Find out what causes obesity and the affect it can have on your health.


Assess your risk for obesity with this calculator. Learn more about the health risks of being overweight.

Living with Obesity

Learn how you can control your weight, choose a successful weight loss program, and be physically active at any size.

More Information

Check out a health kit on obesity from the Library. The kits contain books, DVDs, brochures, and articles. Find other books about obesity to check out or read the latest news and articles about obesity in ProQuest Health, a website you can access for free from the library or with a library card from home.

Get Help

Truman Medical Centers is a two-hospital, not-for-profit health system located in Kansas City, Mo. The downtown location, TMC Hospital Hill, is the largest provider of outpatient specialty care in Kansas City, operates the busiest adult emergency department in the city and has one of the top Level 1 trauma centers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The suburban hospital, TMC Lakewood, is located near Lee's Summit and provides a range of specialty and outpatient services.

Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who are recovering from compulsive overeating. There are no fees or dues for members. They follow a twelve step program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. They don’t offer diets, counseling services or treatment. Their goal is to help members learn to discard old attitudes about food that will free them from unhealthy food habits.

A health and weight loss online support group, Spark People is led by a team of experts, and it’s completely free. It offers informative articles, message boards, weight loss trackers, and personalized meal and exercise plans.

A not-for-profit organization, TOPS offers weekly face-to-face support group meetings, as well as ongoing support through phone calls and email. Members learn about smart eating, portion control, and exercise.

Books & DVDs in the library

Health Kits

Obesity Health Kit

Check out a health kit from the Library that contains books, DVDs, brochures, and articles.

News & Articles

Access these articles for free from the library or with a library card from home


Understanding Adult Obesity

Provides basic information about obesity: What is it? How is it measured? What causes it? What are the health risks? What can you do about it?

Health Risks of Being Overweight

Learn about the health problems that you may be at risk for if you are overweight or obese. – Obesity

Includes information about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and links to news, related issues, research studies, and clinical trials.


Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator

Find out whether your weight is a healthy one by calculating your body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.

The Health & Wellness Center at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch is a partnership between The Kansas City Public Library, Truman Medical Centers, and the Health Sciences Institute of Metropolitan Community Colleges - Penn Valley. Funding for the project was made possible in part by a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.