If you are just beginning the weight loss journey, you may be focused on the weight loss itself and not thinking about the weight maintenance involved. There have been a few studies published recently that show encouraging results of weight maintenance. A study recently published in the Obesity Journal by Dr. Tom Wadden showed clinically meaningful weight loss was achieved and maintained after 8 years by using intensive lifestyle management.
Teen obesity has tripled in the last 30 years! As obesity climbs many teens are experiencing the complications of diabetes, elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, fatty liver and sleep apnea—all of which are similar weight related problems that obese adults face.
A recent study of 10 year members (3000) of the registry showed that 75% were women, most were college educated, that they weighed an average of 224 pounds before weight loss, and that they lost an average of 69 pounds. It also showed that they had maintained an average of 52 pounds at 5 years and 51 pounds at 10 years.
If you’ve struggled to find the best weight loss method for you, I’m sure you know just how many different claims are out there about things that will supposedly help you lose weight quickly. I’m also sure you know that the vast majority of these methods do not work, and any claims of a miracle weight loss solution (or a miraculous cure for any ailment) should be taken with a grain of salt. Though some “superfoods” or incredible weight loss workouts may be healthy for you in some regard, their benefits are largely exaggerated—they don’t provide any kind of shortcut and often prey on the fervent weight loss hopes of overweight or obese people.
With the increasing incidence of obesity in children in this country, many parents are realizing that they need to help their child/children lose weight or at the very least, eat healthier. It is now estimated that one-third of children in the US are either overweight or obese. A parent, especially in the early years of the child’s life, has a big influence on his/her health habits. Here are a few suggestions to get started to make sure your children have the best chance of maintaining a healthy food intake.