A recent survey of 23,000 obese individuals showed that 60 percent are not taking any steps to lose weight. This has interesting implications for the professionals and individuals that work to conquer obesity. The 60 percent surveyed that were not taking steps to lose weight is particularly alarming. Being obese can lead to a variety of health issues, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, metabolic syndrome, abnormal blood fats, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and gallstones among others. It can also raise the risk of certain cancers, including colon, breast, endometrial, and gallbladder. Obesity can also cause reproductive problems for women.
Another interesting aspect of the survey showed that among those who did attempt to lose weight, 39 percent reported satisfaction with medication or weight loss procedures and 20 percent reported being satisfied with exercise, diet, weight management programs, or over the counter products.
The results of this study show that finding a way for obese individuals to lose weight is very important. The best way to do this is to find a way that works best for each individual. This often involves tailoring specifically to the unique habits, lifestyle and disposition of each patient. The key to successful weight loss often involves making sure that the patient feels satisfied. These results also tell us that it is important for obese patients to be more educated about the potential health risks of obesity and available options for treatment. These treatments range from counseling on diet and exercise to weight loss surgery to a managed weight loss program.
To learn more about weight loss options and weight loss programs, read more in our resources guide or find a doctor in your area to schedule a consultation.