Even though many people are living with obesity, it often gets overlooked as a disease and doesn't receive medical care. It is more than just excess weight. When someone has obesity, there are changes that impact the way the body deals with hunger and how it burns calories. Environment, genetics, certain medications, and other complex factors may contribute to excess weight. When you think about your health, weight is important. It's worth having regular conversations with your healthcare professional about it, just as you would about other conditions or concerns.
The Tug-of-War of Weight Management
Why does the weight
return? After weight loss, for people with obesity, the body
fights to put the weight back on.
Weight loss changes the way the body deals with hunger and how it burns calories. After weight loss, metabolism actually slows down, hunger increases, and fullness decreases.1,2
Also after weight loss, the body keeps trying to regain the weight for at least 12 months.1
Knowing that these changes can last so long is news to many people.
This information is changing how the medical community approaches
weight loss and weight management. Now we know that it is not only
about weight loss, but it's also about managing the disease of obesity
Obesity is recognized as
a chronic disease by leading medical organizations, including the
American Medical Association, American Association of Clinical
Endocrinologists, American Academy of Family Physicians, and The
Obesity Society. 4-7
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