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If you find yourself putting on a few extra kilos each year, it’s time to do something about it – otherwise it could be too late.

A team of researchers from Kings College in London examined the health records of almost 300,000 people and found that those whose weight tipped over into obesity were unlikely to ever  reset the scales.

They concluded that the chance of returning to a normal weight after becoming obese was only one in 210 for men and one in 124 for women over a year.

For those who were considered severely obese, the odds were even worse.

While the findings obviously show that current treatment plans involving diet and exercise are not working, researchers say the focus needs to be on preventing obesity in the first place.

Professor Martin Gulliford of King’s College Londons said, “The greatest opportunity for fighting the obesity epidemic might be in public health policies to prevent it in the first place at a population level.”

The research was based on a British sample and was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

In Australia five million people are considered obese, which means their body mass index (BMI) ranges between 30 to 35. A BMI of 40+ is considered morbidly obese.

Obesity has now surpassed smoking as the leading cause of death in Australia. Carrying excess weight at this level dramatically increases your risk of dying earlier from hypertension,type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, breast, prostate, and colon cancers.

If you are worried about your weight or want to embark on a new healthy eating plan, see your doctor.

What are the main barriers you face when trying to losing weigh?


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  1. Eat less, but saying that my husband eats double the amount I do & he has never but on weight & we walk together same distance .

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    • Luck of the draw I guess. My husband does very little exercise, seems to be able to eat what he wants and never puts on weight. I on the other hand are not so lucky.

  2. For those of you who are so uninformed, it’s not about eating less and moving more so much! It’s about hormonal influences and genetics! Try being overweight and doing every thing humanly possible to get rid of it and nothing happens!!

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    • Did that for years, the genetic problem is very rare. Eating more appropriately might be a better choice of words. Also the older we get the harder the weight is to shift. The body still needs to move no matter what.

    • I have a genetic problem, I eat a very healthy portion controlled diet and I walk, still no success!

    • Have you gone to a dietitian? I went last year and followed what I needed to do to lose weight, plus did walking exercise. I lost weight and my blood pressure improved and I actually had to go to a lower dose of medication.

    • Yep, dietitian and a nutritionist. They seem to think it’s metabolic as in my metabolism is shot. Nothing wrong with my diet at all.

    • Check out ‘That Sugar Film’ or book. It explains the problem is hidden sugar!!! The guy in the film spent 60 days eating processed food, many considered healthy. He didn’t have any junk ie soft drink, ice cream or choc! The results were mind blowing!!

  3. The bleeding obvious: change to a Low Carb High Fat diet.

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    • Ann IF you are really following LCHF you will NOT necessarily see results in such a short time. You need to eradicate ALL sugars and grains (that means NO fruit except for berries) and no vegetables that grow underground either (no potato, no pumpkin, no parsnip, no beetroot). You need to make sure you are getting plenty of saturated fats so no canola oil, no peanut oil, no polyunsaturated “fake” oils. You need to have butter not margarine. I think you need to look at whether you are truly following LCHF and make adjustments as necessary. You need to try for longer than two weeks if you really want to succeed!

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    Cut out all refined sugar and alcohol. I avoid gluten and dairy as well. This means that I have to choose fresh veggies, fresh fruit, and rice, quinoa or other choices that are health promoting. 🙂

  5. There are many reasons people are over weight and not everyone is healthy enough to exercise. I wonder how many people who are critical have ever had a weight problem….if you haven’t you have no idea what you are talking about.

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