Have Americans Given Up on Losing Weight?

By Dennis Thompson

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A lot more Americans are overweight or obese, but many have offered up on attempting to drop these excess pounds, a new study shows.

A single in each and every three folks in the United States is now obese, compared with one in five 20 years ago, researchers report.

But people surveyed in between 2009 and 2014 have been 17 percent significantly less probably all round to say they’d tried to lose weight during the earlier year than those surveyed in between 1988 and 1994, the study located.

Men and women who had been overweight but not yet obese have skilled the greatest loss of interest in maintaining a wholesome weight, mentioned senior researcher Dr. Jian Zhang.

“This is not excellent. We are missing the chance to quit overweight from becoming obesity,” mentioned Zhang, who is an associate professor of epidemiology with Georgia Southern University.

Zhang and his colleagues analyzed data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a federally funded ongoing survey that keeps track of Americans’ wellness and diet habits.

All racial/ethnic groups across each genders reported decreased interest in weight loss, but girls in certain were far more likely to say they’d provided up on it, the findings showed.

By 2014, black females have been 31 percent less probably to have attempted to shed weight compared with two decades prior, and white ladies had been 27 percent much less most likely to have produced the try, the researchers found.

Individuals may possibly be giving up on weight loss due to the fact it is just too difficult, Zhang mentioned.

“It really is painful,” he explained. “It really is challenging to drop pounds. Many of us tried and failed, tried and failed, and ultimately failed to attempt anymore.”

Contemporary medicine also has gotten far better at preserving the general wellness of overweight folks, perhaps causing them to ask why they should bother, Zhang continued.

“There’s increasing evidence that adults with overweight may reside as extended as and at times even longer than normal-weight adults, creating a lot of question regardless of whether you have to take it seriously,” Zhang stated. “In clinical practice, we think about treatment of overweight only when sufferers have two or far more further threat aspects,” such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.


It’s also achievable that overweight has turn out to be the new regular. “These days, we believe that majority are appropriate,” Zhang said. “As far more than half of individuals are overweight, we simply feel we are fine, and there’s no need to do something with physique weight.”

Dr. Mitchell Roslin, chief of obesity surgery for Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, added that conflicting diet regime guidance also most likely dissuades many from attempting to drop some pounds.

“1st they had been told do not consume fat, and now we are telling patients to lessen straightforward carbohydrates,” Roslin said. “Even though I think that lowering carbohydrates is crucial, what the public hears is, ‘I may as nicely eat what I like since all this suggestions has not worked.'”

According to Dr. Rajpal Chopra, these numbers show that physicians, public wellness officials and the media require to do a much better job emphasizing the importance of preserving a wholesome weight. Chopra is an endocrinologist with Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, in Forest Hills, N.Y.

“The path to losing weight is frequently riddled with lots of ups and downs, and it can be a extended and frustrating process. What has to be emphasized is the far-reaching overall health consequences,” Chopra said.

“Motivation must come from family members, close friends, physicians and the media in educating about the overall health risks of becoming overweight,” he added.

Zhang said that future efforts to improve public wellness ought to concentrate on way of life alterations that market healthier consuming and exercise for absolutely everyone, rather than an emphasis on losing weight.

“It’s difficult to quit a train it’s tough to drop pounds and maintain it off,” he stated. “We have to tackle overweight and obesity head on. Let’s do far more to prevent it from happening rather than dropping it off. If fixing a issue is not effortless, then we should prevent it from taking place, straightforward as that.”

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SOURCES: Jian Zhang, M.D., DrPH, associate professor,  epidemiology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga. Mitchell Roslin, M.D., chief, obesity surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City Rajpal Chopra, M.D., endocrinologist, Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, Forest Hills, N.Y. March 7, 2017, Journal of the American Health-related Association

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