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How To Fight Obesity

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How to fight obesity. It’s a formidable challenge. Intervention is usually aimed either at preventing people from becoming overweight or fighting obesity for  people who already have a weight problem .

There is no simple solution. Attempts to prevent obesity that are targeted at groups of people in communities, work sites and schools have been found to have little effect for individuals.

Personal action seems to have a greater chance of success. While attempting to diet, it is important for us to understand how natural metabolism functions. Research has shown that the body burns calories more slowly than normal after weight is lost and faster than normal when weight is gained.

Metabolism is adjusted by making the muscles more or less efficient in burning calories. Some success has been reported in treating weight problems in children eight to twelve years old. Fighting obesity for adults, however, has been far less successful.

Typical programs that combine diet, exercise and behaviour training to manage eating habits result in an average weight loss of about nine kilograms over twenty weeks. True success, however, means keeping the weight off, and that is a greater challenge.

The success rate is improved by greater contact between patient and therapist, emphasis on both diet and exercise, use of certain strategies such as self monitoring, and a well structured plan to prevent relapse.

Even when weight loss is modest, the results are beneficial to an individual’s blood pressure levels and lower the risk of heart disease. These benefits remain for as long as the weight is kept off. Don’t be discouraged by the yo yo phenomenon.

Previous concerns about the potentially bad effects of weight cycling (repeated weight loss followed by weight gain) appear to have been disproved. Most studies now show that weight cycling per does not cause problems. Growing recognition that some drugs may have serious adverse side effects has dampened enthusiasm for using drug treatments to help people lose weight.

Now, drugs tend to be recommended only for the very obese. They may be more effective when combined with diet, exercise and behaviour changes. Although drugs are not the solution for obesity, new findings show that drugs may help in some cases.

In a recent study, leptin and placebo injections were given to fifty three lean people and seventy who were moderately obese. All participants were placed on a weight reduction diet. At the end of six months, the leptin injections proved to have been effective in causing weight loss without significant adverse effects.

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