Please read carefully the following health notices:
The 80/20 Plants Method is based on the latest nutrition science and consensus among medical professionals. However, 80/20 Plants isn’t a medical organization and we can’t give you medical advice. We strongly urge you to consult with your primary health care provider (e.g., physician or nurse practitioner) before starting any plan that could result in weight loss, even if weight loss is not your goal. We encourage you to maintain your weight within the healthy weight guidelines endorsed by the World Health Organization, equivalent to a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5-25.0. However, we recognize that BMI is an imperfect measure of an individual’s health and that other factors may be a more robust predictor of certain health outcomes. You can calculate your BMI here.
We also urge you to get periodic medical checkups. Weight loss can create physical changes that should be medically monitored. Studies have shown, for example, that weight loss can aggravate gall bladder illness. Weight loss is not advised for people with BMI below the healthy range. Medical monitoring is especially important for people with a known medical condition. The 80/20 Plants Method encourages a healthier pattern of eating and the development of healthy lifestyle habits, however, it is not intended to treat any illness or disease. In addition:
- 80/20 Plants prohibits participation in its weight loss and wellness program for children under the age of 18, individuals who have been diagnosed with or treated for anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa in the last year, and individuals who are pregnant.
- If you are being treated for a medical condition, taking prescription medication, or following a therapeutic diet to treat a disease, it’s especially important to show the 80/20 Plants program to your health care provider. Any modifications made to the plan by your health care provider should be followed.
- We recommend that you monitor your weight once per week. If your weight falls below guidelines for a healthy weight, you must review the 80/20 Plants Method guidelines and adapt them to maintain a healthy weight, in collaboration with a licensed health professional. 80/20 Plants also recommends that you regularly discuss your goals for participating in 80/20 Plants with your health care provider.