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Did You Know?

  • An estimated 65 percent of the adult population in the United States is overweight and or obese, making weight management a national health concern.

  • A major health issue and a chronic disease, medically significant obesity is defined (in adults) as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and above, or 25 and above if medical complications such as diabetes or heart disease are present.

  • Many medical complications can occur because of excessive body weight.

  • You may not need to lose as much weight as you think in order to improve your health. Even a modest weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of body weight can have considerable medical benefits, if it is maintained.

  • Many people who lose weight tend to regain it over time. For this reason, the ability to sustain weight loss is just as important as losing weight in the first place.

  • To successfully maintain weight, each change must be gradually and permanently integrated into a person's lifestyle.

  • The benefits of regular physical activity include decreasing the loss of muscle mass often associated with weight loss, improving cardiovascular health and the maintenance of weight loss.

  • Certain environmental or social situations may encourage unhealthy eating or other habits. For example, many people eat in front of the television even if they are not physically hungry.

  • A combined strategy of behavior therapy, more nutritious eating and increasing physical activity is needed for weight loss and weight maintenance.