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All too often, obesity prompts a strenuous diet in the hopes of reaching the "ideal body weight." Some amount of weight loss may be accomplished, but the lost weight usually quickly returns. More than 95% of the people who lose weight regain the weight within five years. It is clear that a more effective, long-lasting treatment for obesity must be found, lest obesity lead to oblivion.

We need to learn more about the causes of obesity, and then we need to change the ways we treat it. When obesity is accepted as a chronic disease, it will be treated like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The treatment of obesity cannot be a short-term "fix," but has to be an ongoing life-long process.
Instead of staring nearsightedly at the goal of attaining an "ideal weight," obesity treatment must acknowledge that even modest weight loss can be beneficial. For example, a modest weight loss of 5 to 10% of the initial weight, and long-term maintenance of that weight loss can bring significant health gains, including:

Lowered blood pressure
Reduced blood levels of cholesterol
Reduced risk of type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes. In the Nurses Health Study,
women who lost 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of
weight reduced their risk of diabetes by 50% or more.
Decreased chance of stroke Decreased complications of heart disease
Decreased overall mortality

It is not necessary to achieve an "ideal weight" to derive health benefits from obesity treatment. Instead, the goal of treatment should be to reach and hold to a "healthier weight" (for more, please read the "Aim for a Healthy Weight" article). The emphasis of treatment should be to commit to the process of life-long healthy living including eating more wisely and increasing physical activity.

In sum, the goal in dealing with obesity is to achieve and maintain a "healthier weight."

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