The chances of an obese person being able to attain a healthy weight are incredibly low, and they get even lower once a person reaches the point of severe obesity. These findings, which were the result of a new study looking at data from 278,982 people in the UK health records, suggest that by focussing on simple diet and exercise, current weight management programs just aren’t working when it comes to obesity.
A team of researchers at King’s College London, found that an obese man has a 1 in 210 chance to get himself to a healthy body weight, which becomes a 1 in 1,290 chance if he’s severely obese. For women, being obese means they have a 1 in 124 chance of attaining a healthy body weight, or a 1 in 677 chance if they have severe obesity.
The study, which has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, tracked the weight of 129,194 men and 149,788 women in the UK from 2004 to 2014. When it came to the obese and severely obese portion of this data set, the researchers calculated how likely it was that they attained either a normal weight or a 5 percent reduction in body weight. Anyone who had undergone bariatric surgery was excluded from the study.
The team found that the chances of the people in the group achieving a 5 percent weight loss was 1 in 12 for men and 1 in 10 for women. But of those who managed it, 53 percent ended up regaining the weight within two years and 78 percent had put it all back on within five years. Source: Odds of an obese person attaining a healthy weight are incredibly slim, study finds