Doctors: even a slight weight loss will improve your health

If you suffer from obesity, losing only 5% of your excess weight will lead to better health, and 13% will significantly reduce the chances of developing various diseases, The Washington Post writes with reference to the report of the European and International Congress on Obesity. For example, studies have shown that people who have lost so much weight were at least 42% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who have not lost weight.

Scientists analyzed data collected over an eight-year period on 552,953 middle-aged people who were first obese and then intentionally (i.e., not as a result of illness) lost weight. In addition to diabetes, participants who had lost 13% of their weight reduced the likelihood of hypertension and sleep apnea by 25%. The risk of high cholesterol fell by 22% and osteoarthritis by 20%.

Obesity, i.e. the excessive accumulation of fat, which is a dangerous risk to health, is determined by the Body Mass Index (BMI) - a value that allows to assess the degree of conformity of a person's weight and height. You can calculate your BMI using special online calculators. Indicators from 30 kg/m2 and above indicate the presence of obesity.

Treatment of this disease usually begins with setting a modest goal - to lose 5-10% of the excess weight (for example, for a person who weighs 90.7 kilograms, you will need to get rid of 4.5-9 kilograms). This result can be achieved by changing eating habits and increasing physical activity.

Sept. 16, 2020, 10:10 a.m.

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