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Introduction to Weight Loss

Harry Mills, Ph.D. Updated: Mar 10th 2016

An Epidemic Of Obesity

According to the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980 and in 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.  Their research also shows that 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese. They found that most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.  These numbers describe a tragic public health situation. Being overweight increases a person's risk of serious illness. A very large (and growing) percentage of citizens are at increased risk for developing serious chronic diseases, and face the prospect of early disability or death as the result of being overweight. Meanwhile the entire society struggles under the burden of the resulting increase in health care costs.

This document concerns weight loss, an issue constantly on many people's minds. Most everyone wants to be slim and toned, but the reality is that it is far easier to gain weight than to lose it. On the following pages causes of weight gain are reviewed, along with numerous reasons why people should devote the effort necessary to reduce their weight to recommended levels. Having provided motivation for a weight loss program, we conclude with a discussion of weight loss methods, and suggestions for achieving permanent healthy weight loss.  Get started now by turning the page.

 

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lets to fool ourselves - julie - Mar 17th 2010

Lets not fool ourselves white flour which is 99 % used is the culprit in combination with sugar have an abundant breakfast, good carbs loaded balanced lunch fruits,vegetables and proteins for dinner but do it for the rest of your life not just for a short time do as much exercise as possible

Obesity Can Harm the Brain - Sharon - Sep 29th 2009

Obese people have 8% less brain tissue than people with a normal weight. I have read on Project Weight Loss obesity can make the brain look 16 years older than the brain of lean people. Besides this new negative effect, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some type of cancer, and hypertension it was shown it also reduces sexual activity. Obesity is just not something you can joke about.

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