A new study published by the American Journal of Public Health has revealed that the obese are unlikely to lose weight long-term.
What did the Study Discover?
The study looked at the records of 278,982 people who lived within the UK over a 9 year period.
They discovered that when looking at the results of obese people (those with a BMI between 30 and 35) that just one in 10 women and one in 12 men were able to achieve a 5% weight loss.
Those who were classed as super-obese (with a BMI over 45) had a better chance of achieving the 5% weight loss; women had a one in 6 chance, with men a one in 5 chance.
However, the study also stated that those who were able to lose weight quickly regained it, with at least 50% of those studied having regained the lost weight within 2 years.
Study author Professor Martin Gulliford, of King’s College London had this to say about the results?
“The probability of attaining normal weight or maintaining weight loss is low.”
“Obesity treatment frameworks grounded in community-based weight management programs may be ineffective.”
“Current strategies to tackle obesity, which mainly focus on cutting calories and boosting physical activity, are failing to help the majority of obese patients to shed weight and maintain that weight loss.”
This study is a worry, with a recent report published by JAMA Internal Medicine indicating that 75% of men and 67% of women over the age of 25 are overweight or obese, there is definitely going to be more pressure put upon our healthcare services.
If calorie counting and trying to increase activity levels is not working then perhaps we need better education at an earlier age to ensure the next generation are not in the same situation.