Monday, 25 July 2011

Fat People More Likely To Stay That Way

There is more gloomy news for hard pressed dieters. According to research by scientists from the Medical Research Council, people who are overweight are more likely to stay fat. And this is apparently true even when weight is lost through dieting and exercising.
Out of the 12 million Britons who embark on a diet each year, less than 10 percent of them will succeed in losing a significant amount of weight. And of these, the majority will end up regaining most, if not all of the weight lost.

The study monitored 5,362 men and women from their birth in 1946 and another 20,000 from their birth in 1958. Measurements such as weight, blood pressure and lifestyles were taken into account. The researchers found that both groups started gaining weight in the 1980s and have continued gaining ever since.

Dr Rebecca Hardy, the study’s leader on body size, said: ‘Once people become overweight, they continue relentlessly upwards. They hardly ever go back down.’

She also commented that men gained weight steadily throughout their life while women started gaining slowly, then accelerated once they reached their mid-thirties.

The nation’s propensity for never ending dieting is obviously great news for the weight loss industry. However, research findings such as this can be enough to make us stop and wonder whether it's really worth all the bother of even trying to lose weight.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean we should give up on dieting altogether. Indeed, the pattern of yo-yo dieting may even have some health benefits, as found in research by the Calorie Control Council. 

And if you are one of the 12 million Britons on a diet, don’t be put off from your goal. Many thousands of people do manage to lose weight and keep it off. Just remain positive and never lose sight of benefits of slimming down.

Source: Daily Mail


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