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Living With Obesity

More than one-third of adults in America have obesity, a chronic disease that requires long-term management.1-3 Obesity can have many serious health consequences, so your weight is an important consideration for your overall health.4,5

Several factors contribute to body weight, including appetite signals, genetics, behavior, and environment.6,7 Furthermore, if you have obesity, science now shows that after losing weight, your body will sometimes try to regain it. The reason? For up to 12 months after weight loss, your body turns up the signals that trigger appetite, which can potentially cause overeating.6,8,9

While losing weight and keeping it off can be hard, there is good news. You may not need to lose as much weight as you think to see improvements in your health. If you have obesity, then losing 5% to 10% of your weight may reduce your health risks.3,10

Excess weight deserves serious attention when speaking with your health care professional about your health.11 If you have obesity, it’s important that, together with your health care professional, you develop a comprehensive and individualized approach to manage your weight. If you are living with obesity and want to learn more or access resources to help you discuss your weight with your health care professional, visit www.TruthAboutWeight.com.




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  2. American Medical Association House of Delegates. Recognition of obesity as a disease. Resolution 420 (A-13). http://www.npr.org/documents/2013/jun/ama-resolution-obesity.pdf. Received May 15, 2013. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  3. Jensen MD, Ryan DH, Apovian CM, et al. American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines; Obesity Society. 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS guideline for the management of overweight and obesity in adults: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and The Obesity Society. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;63(25ptB):2985-3023.
  4. Guh DP, Zhang W, Bansback N, et al. The incidence of co-morbidities related to obesity and overweight: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health. 2009;9:88.
  5. Peeters A, Barendregt JJ, Willekens F, et al. Obesity in adulthood and its consequences for life expectancy: a life-table analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2003;138:24-32.
  6. Sumithran P, Prendergast LA, Delbridge E, et al. Long-term persistence of hormonal adaptations to weight loss. NEJM. 2011;365(17):1597-1604.
  7. Obesity Education Initiative; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; US Department of Health and Human Services. Identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults: The practical guide. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health; 2000. NIH publication 00-4084.
  8. Rosenbaum M, Kissileff HR, Mayer LE, et al. Energy intake in weight-reduced humans. Brain Res. 2010;1350:95-102.
  9. Rosenbaum M, Leibel RL. Adaptive thermogenesis in humans. Int J Obes. 2010;34:S47-S55.
  10. Weight-control Information Network. Do you know some of the health risks of being overweight? US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. NIH Publication No. 07-4089. November 2004. Updated December 2012. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/weight-control/health_risks_being_overweight/Documents/hlthrisks1104.pdf. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  11. Loureiro ML, Nayga RM Jr. Obesity, weight loss, and physician’s advice. Soc Sci Med. 2006;62(10):2458-2468.



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