Obese fight a los­ing bat­tle of bulge

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

LOS­ING weight is a hard slog for any­body, but a new study con­firms that if you are obese, it is a near im­pos­si­ble task.

In fact, the chances are so slim for an obese man, there’s only a one in 210 like­li­hood that he will man­age to drop to a healthy body weight.

An obese women faces slightly bet­ter prospects, with a one in 124 chance of trim­ming down.

And among those cat­e­gorised with se­vere obe­sity, the chance for men is one in 1290 and for women, one in 677.

Sci­en­tists at King’s Col­lege Lon­don an­a­lysed the health records of 279,000 men and women from 2004- 2014. Of the 176,495 with a BMI of 30 or more, just 1283 men and 2245 women at­tained a nor­mal body weight.

They also found that de­spite many pa­tients be­ing able to lose 5 per cent of their body weight – with a one in 12 chance for obese men and one in 10 for women – more than half piled back on the pounds within two years. And for a stag­ger­ing 78 per cent, this hap­pened within five years.

The fresh find­ings, pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Public Health, has led ex­perts to con­clude that non­sur­gi­cal weight treat­ment pro­grams are in­ef­fec­tive and need a ma­jor shake- up amid spi­ralling obe­sity rates.

“Re­search to de­velop new and more ef­fec­tive ap­proaches to obe­sity man­age­ment is ur­gently re­quired,” the study con­cludes.

“Obe­sity treat­ment pro­grams should pri­ori­tise preven­tion of fur­ther weight gain along with the main­te­nance of weight loss in those who achieve it.”

Univer­sity of Syd­ney obe­sity ex­pert Dr Kieron Rooney said the prob­lem with many diet- based treat­ment pro­grams was they fo­cused on a short- term weight- loss goal with­out teach­ing in­di­vid­u­als it was about an en­tire lifestyle change. He called for bet­ter guide­lines.

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