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Small Weight Loss has big Benefits

Monday, 06 Aug 2012 01:52 PM

Overweight and obese individuals who lose even small amounts of weight can realize big health benefits, new research shows.
Brown University scientists who tracked thousands of overweight people found those who lost just 10 percent of their body weight achieved “a decade's worth of health benefits” – including significantly reduced risks of diabetes, high blood pressure and sleeping problems.
The findings, presented this month at the American Psychological Association's 120th Annual Convention in Orlando, suggest healthy-diet and fitness programs may rival medication as a means of treating and preventing chronic diseases.
"Helping people find ways to change their eating and activity behaviors and developing interventions other than medication to reinforce a healthy lifestyle have made a huge difference in preventing one of the major health problems in this country," said lead researcher Rena Wing, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University and director of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I.
"Weight losses of just 10 percent of a person's body weight [or about 20 pounds in those who weigh 200 pounds] have also been shown to have a long-term impact on sleep apnea, hypertension and quality of life, and to slow the decline in mobility that occurs as people age."
Wing’s study involved 3,000 overweight people with impaired glucose tolerance who were taught to change their behavior – eating healthier diets and increasing physical activity – rather than given drugs. Researchers found even modest weight loss, an average of 14 pounds, reduced people's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, she said. The health benefits lasted up to 10 years, even if people gained the weight back over time, she said.
Wing is leading a 13-year trial of 5,000 people with type 2 diabetes to test whether an intensive behavioral intervention can decrease the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
"We are trying to show that behavior changes not only make people healthier in terms of reducing heart disease risk factors but actually can make them live longer," she said.

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