A new study shows that most former obese people are still at high risk. This is not something anyone would like to hear, especially since the new year kicked in and along with it the resolutions, most of which included losing weight.
It was a known fact that once you lose weight, not only you start looking better but your health improves along with your body. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and states that most people start losing weight once they have already developed a disease. The excess body weight can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Once the disease has installed, people start losing weight as an effect of the disease.
Experts warn that if you were obese and you have started losing weight without trying, then you should be concerned and contact your doctor. This has to be looked at like a symptom of a severe disease that can even result in death.
Obese people rarely lose that much weight, that they are no longer in the overweight category. There are some people that lose massive amounts of fat, but only 5% of them manage to keep from gaining weight for 5 years or more. According to the studies, the majority of obese people who lose enough weight to no longer be considered obese, usually gain that weight back, and often they become more fat than they were in the beginning.
This study focused on the risk of death caused by being overweight, and it comes as a response to a study published in 2013, in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. the study became known for the obesity paradox. The obesity paradox is also known as reverse epidemiology and states that obesity could be associated with higher rates of survival, especially for the elder people or those who suffer from chronic diseases.
The researchers of this study asked the people how much they weighed the most, not what their current weight was. The problem is that the epidemiological U.S. surveys consider people to have a normal, healthy weight, even those who were once obese. The author of the study, Andrew Stokes, says that most of these people have lost so much weight because of their disease they battle, not intentionally. When the research was done, it was discovered that the people who were obese and then got to normal weight were more likely to die prematurely than those who remained obese.
With the news that most former obese people are still at high risk, many people will be tempted to get out the ice cream from the fridge and order another large pizza. Keep in mind that losing weigh in time will prevent any diseases and losing weight intentionally is something advised by the doctors.
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