London : A new chart has been revealed that shows why it’s nearly impossible to lose weight and keep it off, reports ANI.
The study, analysing electronic health records of over 278,000 people living in England over a nine-year period, found that in a given year, the average obese woman has roughly a 1 in 124 chance of returning to a normal weight and for obese men, the odds are even worse: 1 in 210, the Independent reported.
It also found that obese men and women have very low odds attaining even a 5 percent weight loss in a given year: 1 in 10 for women and 1 in 12 for men. The authors said that for patients with a BMI of 30 or greater kilograms per meters squared, maintaining weight loss was rare and the probability of achieving normal weight was extremely low.
They concluded that research to develop new and more effective approaches to obesity management is urgently required. Wealthy western nations, like the U.S. and U.K., have been weight and body image-obsessed for decades now. But all that obsession, all those public health guidelines, all those exercise and dietary health standards issued by well-intentioned public agencies, none of them has seemed to make a dent in the trend toward gaining weight. The study appears in the American Journal of Public Health.
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Obesity more dangerous than lack of fitness: study
London : The concept of ‘fat but fit’ may be a myth, according to a new study that suggests the protective effects of high fitness against early death are reduced in obese people, says PTI.
Although the detrimental effects of low aerobic fitness have been well documented, this research has largely been performed in older populations. Few studies have analysed the direct link between aerobic fitness and health in younger populations.
The study from Umea University in Sweden followed 1,317,713 men for a median average of 29 years to examine the association between aerobic fitness and death later in life, as well as how obesity affected these results.
The subjects’ aerobic fitness was tested by asking them to cycle until they had to stop due to fatigue. Men in the highest fifth of aerobic fitness had a 48 per cent lower risk of death from any cause compared with those in the lowest fifth.
Stronger associations were observed for deaths related to suicide and abuse of alcohol and narcotics. The researchers also found a strong association between low aerobic fitness and deaths related to trauma.