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Weight Loss and Control

Weight Loss and Control Overview

Obesity is simply the accumulation of excess body fat. It is much more than that, however. Obesity is a chronic (long-term) disease with serious complications that is very difficult to treat. As such, it requires long-term treatment to lose weight and keep it off. There is no overnight solution. Effective, permanent weight loss takes some time.

The essential factors in losing weight and keeping it off are motivation, proper eating, exercise habits, and an appreciation of better health. Losing weight will help you feel better. It also will improve your health.

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States (tobacco is the first). People who are obese have much higher risks of many serious health problems than nonobese people. The most devastating of these health problems include the following:

The good news is that you don't have to reach your ideal weight to lower your risk of developing obesity-related medical problems.

  • Losing even 10% of your total body weight can significantly lower your risk.
  • If you weigh 250 pounds and lose 10% of your total body weight, losing those 25 pounds can have a meaningful positive effect on your health.
  • Losing 10% of your total body weight is a good goal to start with. You can always continue and lose more weight once you have reached your initial goal.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/5/2012
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