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Challenges to maintaining weight loss

Challenges to maintaining weight loss

People with obesity (PwO) engage in several serious weight loss attempts, but only a few are able to maintain the achieved weight loss1

People with obesity reported many serious weight loss attempts, but those who achieved weight loss had difficulty maintaining it.

 

Average number of serious weight loss attempts among people with obesity in their adult lifetime


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Weight Loss Goals

People with obesity (84%) and health care professionals (88%) agree that a 10% weight loss would be beneficial to overall health, a statistic that aligns with scientific literature that states a 5% to 10% weight loss can help improve and reduce the risk of some obesity-related diseases.1-8

However, the average weight loss goal set between people with obesity and their health care professional is reported as 20% weight loss.1


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The bottom line: Challenges to maintaining weight loss

Losing weight and maintaining weight loss is difficult, but people with obesity make multiple serious attempts to lose weight.

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