NEJM, the world’s premier medical journal has recently published an article titled ‘Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity’ in their Feb 5, 2013 issue.
In this article they have busted some Myths and Presumptions about Obesity. Some of these are controversial and widely covered in the media.
But what was widely agreed upon were the 9 Facts they put forward, as there was considerable evidence to prove the same. These were ignored by the media!
Here are nine obesity Facts, highlighted in the NEJM, that should shape our response to obesity.
1. Genetic factors play a large role in obesity, but heritability is not destiny. Moderate environmental changes can promote as much weight loss as the most efficacious pharmaceutical agents available.
2. Diets very effectively reduce weight, but trying to go on a diet or recommending a diet generally does not work well in the long-term.
3. Regardless of body weight or weight loss, an increased level of exercise increases health.
4. Physical activity at a sufficient level helps with long-term weight maintenance.
5. Sticking with something that works for weight loss helps to maintain a lower weight.
6. For children with excess weight, programs that involve the parents and the home yield better weight outcomes.
7. Structured meal replacement programs and products yield more weight loss than less structured meals.
8. Obesity treatment drugs can help patients achieve and maintain meaningful weight loss for as long as they are used.
9. For people with severe obesity, bariatric surgery can be a life-changing and, in some cases, life-saving treatment.