Francie Berg can discuss today’s headlines, including:

  • Dieting and weight loss plans. Do they work? Are they safe?
  • Obesity and overweight. Causes? Risks? How to prevent?
  • Size prejudice. Harassment in health care? Bullying in schools?
  • Eating disorders. How prevalent? Are they on the rise?
  • Weight loss quackery. What’s out there? What does it harm?
  • Teenage girls. Do they hate their bodies? What are their nutrient deficiencies?
  • Normal eating. What is it? Benefits? How can parents help?
  • Prevention in schools. How can it reduce both obesity and eating disorders?
  • Guidelines for health professionals. Can providers do it better?
  • Health at Every Size. What does it mean? How can it be healthy?
  • 7-Step Plan. How does it promote both healthy weight and healthy eating?
  • Healthy Weight Week. Includes Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day with Slim Chance Awards during third week in January. See index at left or at  


Francie M. Berg, MS

An internationally known authority on weight and eating, Francie M. Berg, MS, LN, is a licensed nutritionist and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

As founder, editor and publisher of Healthy Weight Journal and author of 12 books, she has reported the scientific research and commentary on obesity, weight loss, disordered eating and size harassment to health professionals worldwide for more than two decades.

Her latest book, Underage and Overweight: Our Childhood Obesity Crisis–What Every Family Needs to Know, explores these complex issues in easy-to-read format, and offers a 7-step plan for raising confident, healthy-weight children.

Berg has presented seminars at national and international conferences, and has been a guest on national television, including Oprah, Lezza and Inside Edition shows.

A pioneer in the health at any size movement, Berg advocates moving ahead to a health-centered, diet-free approach in helping children and adults of all sizes, without doing harm.

Her organization, Healthy Weight Network, sponsors Healthy Weight Week and “Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day” and presents the Slim Chance Awards, now in their 20th year. As national coordinator of the Task Force on Weight Loss Abuse for the National Council Against Health Fraud, she maintains an extensive collection of quack products and bizarre gadgets that Americans are using in their strenuous efforts to lose weight.

  • Masters degree, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota; BS, Montana State University
  • Licensed Nutritionist, ND Dietetic Association
  • Adjunct professor, University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks
  • Founder, publisher and 16-year editor of Healthy Weight Journal
  • Chair of the Task Force on Weight Loss Abuse for the National Council Against Health Fraud (22 years)
  • Author of 12 books, including:

Underage and Overweight:
Our Child Obesity Crisis – What Every Family Needs to Know

Women Afraid to Eat:
Breaking Free in Today’s Weight-Obsessed World

Children and Teens Afraid to Eat:
Helping Youth in Today’s Weight-Obsessed World

Click here for a more detailed biography.

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“It’s not what we don’t know that hurts us; rather, what gets us into trouble
is what we are absolutely certain of that just ain’t so.”
– Mark Twain

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