Did You Know: Facts About Weight Loss


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  • During adolescence, girls are more likely than boys to attempt weight loss.
  • The desire to lose weight was common even in women with normal body mass index.
  • The desire to lose weight may be associated with an impaired psychological health.
  • Overweight affects about 600 million people worldwide.
  • Overweight affects more than 30 percent of the American population.
  • Comparison of different diets revealed that there is no significant difference in their effectiveness for weight loss.
  • Healthy lifestyle choices are the foundation of obesity treatment but, weight loss can lead to physiological adaptations that promote weight regain.
  • Anti-obesity drugs includes sympathomimetics, pancreatic lipase inhibitors, GABAA receptor activators, a serotonin 2C receptor agonist, opioid antagonist, dopamine-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists.
  • Latina person who has social ties with people who had lost weight is more likely to eat small portions and low fat foods.
  • Social support can promote weight loss, specifically when support is received online through forums on weight loss websites.
  • Bariatric surgery is currently the most effective therapy for significant and sustained weight loss.
  • Gastric bypass surgery is associated with the alterations in the physiology of weight regulation and eating behavior in patients who have undergone the procedure.
  • Gastrointestinal hormones have recently been found to be an important element in the physiology of appetite regulation due to the signals from the periphery to the brain.
  • Excessive drinking along with purging as a method for weight control has been documented in college-aged females.
  • Cooking dinner frequently at home is associated with consumption of a healthier diet regardless of the weight loss motivation.
  • For most people, behavioral lifestyle changes is not enough to enhance weight loss efforts and improve overall health and quality of life.
  • Weight loss medication is not a “quick fix” but rather a part of the resources to combat obesity and improve quality of life.
  • Some high school students may smoke cigarettes as a method of weight control.
  • Study found that ketogenic diets are much more effective in losing weight because it provide metabolic advantages such as the capacity to preserve muscle mass, reduce appetite, to have a lower metabolic efficiency, produce a metabolic activation of thermogenesis and favors a greater fat loss even with a greater number of calories.
  • Dieting is usually not associated with nutritional deficiencies, adverse physiologic adaptations, severe psychological reactions, or the development of eating disorders.
  • Weight loss in older people is associated with unfavorable outcomes, especially if unintentional and initial body weight is low.
  • When older people lose weight, more of the tissue lost is lean which can lead to sarcopenia.


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