Maintaining weight loss is challenging
A review of 14 long-term studies showed that one to two thirds of people with obesity regained more weight after weight loss achieved by dieting.25 Furthermore, the ACTION IO study* found that 81% of people with obesity have engaged in one or more serious weight loss attempts; however, only 11% were able to maintain a 5% weight loss for one year or more. 26
*The Awareness, Care and Treatment in Obesity MaNagement – an International Observation (ACTION IO) Study is the first international study to investigate barriers to obesity management among people with obesity and healthcare professionals in 11 countries worldwide (Australia, Chile, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, UAE, UK). A total of 14,502 people with obesity and 2,785 healthcare professionals completed the survey.26
Visual adapted from Mann T, Tomiyama AJ, Westling E, Lew AM, Samuels B, Chatman J. Medicare's search for effective obesity treatments: diets are not the answer. Am Psychol. 2007;622(3):220–233.
Watch the video below to find out why it is so difficult to keep off the weight we have lost.
Effective and lasting obesity management
Maintaining weight loss is challenging for people living with obesity, and findings such as from the ACTION IO study* show that obesity isn’t about willpower.26
To understand what the effective strategies for obesity management are, we need to consider, physiological, psychological and biological factors of obesity. Although diet modification and exercise continue to be key in the management of obesity, increasingly patients require pharmacological adjuncts in order achieve or maintain weight loss.20 It is also crucial to understand the multiple systems involved in the pathophysiology of obesity and interventions to tackle these could be essential in providing lasting weight loss.
Download our ‘Losing weight is hard’ PDF handout below to help educate your patients about the potential challenges of effective weight management and share it with medical colleagues to support their daily practice.