Despite the millions of people living with obesity, this disease often gets overlooked by health care providers and leaves patients without the proper medical care they deserve. Obesity is about more than just excess weight, it’s about long-term health. People living with obesity are at a constant battle with their biology, where changes in their appetite hormone levels can cause them to gain back the weight, they’ve worked so hard to lose.
Factors that contribute to excess weight can include:
Weight plays a significant part in your overall health, so it's important to have regular conversations with your health care provider about weight, just as you would with other conditions.
Obesity is not a choice. While healthy eating and increased physical activity are important parts of weight management, for many people with obesity that may not be enough to keep weight off. In fact, people with obesity generally make 7 serious attempts to lose weight over time.
Why does the weight return? After weight loss, for people with obesity, the body fights to put the weight back on.
After weight loss, metabolism slows down, hunger increases, fullness decreases and the body keeps trying to regain the weight for at least 1 year. ¹,²
Understanding how the body manages weight has provided HCPs with information to provide long term support and individualized approaches to weight management. We know that it’s not just about losing weight, it’s about managing the disease of obesity for increased long-term health and keeping the weight off over time.³