Humans gain weight as they age…There are very few effective ways we’ve found to stop it…

Short of starving yourself like all those California movie stars do…

It’s tough….

Food intake…

Exercise….

Types of foods….

All of those do NOT fool your body which works VERY hard to put weight back on as you age….

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. As if that weren’t bad enough, 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.

Those are the main findings of a new study out today in the American Journal of Public Health, which analyzed electronic health records of over 278,000 people living in England over a nine-year period. “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,” the study’s authors conclude. “Research to develop new and more effective approaches to obesity management is urgently required.”

Among the people who lost five percent of their weight or more, more than half had gained it back within two years’ time. In a statement, Professor Martin Gulliford, a study author from King’s College London, said: “Current strategies to tackle obesity, which mainly focus on cutting calories and boosting physical activity, are failing to help the majority of obese patients to shed weight and maintain that weight loss.”….

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7 thoughts on “Humans gain weight as they age…There are very few effective ways we’ve found to stop it…”

  1. Although it is true that people (or as you call them – humans) gain weight as they age, this article had nothing to do with your title. The article was about once you do become obese, losing that weight is uncommon, and the obese who do lose the weight have a hard time of keeping it off.

    I am pleased to say that I am one of those former obese people who (so far) have kept the weight off (despite a bad month to date). I am still overweight by government standards (BMI of 25 or more), but about 2/3 of us adults are overweight or obese by government standards.

  2. Keep up the good work!

    It’s sneaking up on me….

    I’m active…Running, Walking….
    I’ve cut down on sweets….

    I’m working on it…..

    My title refers to fact that most of us DO gain weight as we grown older…
    With less activity and less food disciciple….
    It IS difficult to stop things…

  3. I’ve been very lucky as today I weigh only fifteen pounds more than I did when I was Thirty years old.

    Eat pretty much what I want and exercise sporadically.

    Seems to run in my family although I don’t know of any scientific basis for that.

  4. I was incredibly thin senior year in high school, weighing 130. My guidance counselor even asked me if I got enough food to eat. But my whole family was incredibly thin at that age, yet most of us are now overweight – or at least struggling with it. The only exception is my sister who is a vegetarian and is incredibly disciplined in what she eats.

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