More than one-third of adults in America have obesity, a chronic
disease that requires long-term management.1-3 Obesity can
have many serious health consequences, so your weight is an important
consideration for your overall health.4,5
Several factors contribute to body weight, including appetite
signals, genetics, behavior, and environment.6,7
Furthermore, if you have obesity, science now shows that after losing
weight, your body will sometimes try to regain it. The reason? For up
to 12 months after weight loss, your body turns up the signals that
trigger appetite, which can potentially cause overeating.6,8,9
While losing weight and keeping it off can be hard, there is good
news. You may not need to lose as much weight as you think to see
improvements in your health. If you have obesity, then losing 5% to
10% of your weight may reduce your health risks.3,10
Excess weight deserves serious attention when speaking with your
health care professional about your health.11 If you have
obesity, it’s important that, together with your health care
professional, you develop a comprehensive and individualized approach
to manage your weight. If you are living with obesity and want to
learn more or access resources to help you discuss your weight with
your health care professional, visit www.TruthAboutWeight.com.
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