Apart from experiencing the vicious cycle of improper eating habits, people who are extremely obese have a very slim chance of returning to a normal weight.
This is according to a research team from King’s College London, whose recent study looked into health data of close to 280,000 people in the U.K. diagnosed with obesity. Results of the study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health and reported in a news release, revealed that people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above have difficulty getting their target weights — that is, only one in every 1,290 males and 1 in 477 females can achieve this monumental feat.
Study first author Dr. Alison Fildes emphasized how important it is for people to lose weight. “Losing 5-10% of your body weight has been shown to have meaningful health benefits and is often recommended as a weight loss target,” Fildes said. However, the study confirmed the challenge that extremely obese people have to go through. “These findings highlight how difficult it is for people with obesity to achieve and maintain even small amounts of weight loss… Once an adult becomes obese, it is very unlikely that they will return to a healthy body weight,” Fildes added.
However, she believes that their study should pave the way for improvements in addressing obesity by preventing further weight gain in diagnosed patients. “Obesity treatments should focus on preventing overweight and obese patients gaining further weight, while also helping those that do lose weight to keep it off. More importantly, priority needs to be placed on preventing weight gain in the first place,” Fildes further stated.