- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 20, 2000

Books

• "Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss: The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss," by Howard M. Shapiro, Rodale Press, 2000. A physician says knowing how to estimate visually the caloric value of certain foods will enable one to make better choices.

• "Portion Savvy: The 30-Day Smart Plan for Eating Well," by Carrie Latt Wiatt, Pocket Books, 2000. A diet expert writes that measuring portion sizes is the key to weight control.

• "The American Dietetic Association's Complete Food and Nutrition Guide," by Roberta Larsen Duyff, John Wiley and Sons, 1998. This is a good, basic nutrition book featuring advice about portion sizes.

Government

• The U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250. Phone: 202/720-2791. Web site: www.usda.gov. The USDA has copies of its 2000 dietary guidelines for Americans as well as the most recent food pyramid. Its Web site also features extensive sections on consumer nutrition and "USDA for Kids," a children's section aimed at teaching visitors about portion sizes, healthy eating and food choices.

On line

• The American Dietetic Association's Web site (www.eatright.org) has guidelines on healthy portions and nutritious eating.

• The Tufts Nutrition Navigator's Web site (http://navigator.tufts.edu) links to hundreds of sites concerning nutrition, calorie counts, portion sizes and healthy eating.

• The Center for Science in the Public Interest (www.cspinet.org) has done several studies about oversized food portions, particularly those found in fast-food, Chinese and Mexican restaurants.

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