Obesity research has proven beyond a doubt the potential health risks of being overweight. Heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, strokes: the list of health problems is both frightening and discouraging. Frightening, because so many of these diseases are life-threatening or debilitating. Discouraging, because while obesity research tells us a lot about the risks of being overweight, it tells us very little about how to lose weight.
One Size Never Fits All
Obesity treatment is a complicated matter: what works for one person may not work for another. Once you factor in lifestyle, genetics, and personal weight and health issues, it’s easy to see that treatment has to be tailored to the individual.
And therein lies part of the impediment to successful obesity treatment: so many weight loss programs presume that everyone’s the same. Programs greatly over-simply the issue when they assume that the needs of someone whose weight has genetic origins are the same as someone who suffers from a binge eating disorder. Unfortunately, all too many weight loss programs do just that.
The other great barrier to weight loss is the simple fact that losing weight is very hard work. Obesity research may scream the virtues of an active lifestyle, but for many truly obese people, exercising hard enough to burn calories is uncomfortable, painful, and in some cases, downright dangerous.
Many weight loss programs have high failure rates, and purveyors of ‘quick fix’ diets and supplements all too often prey upon desperate people.
Facts and Fiction: Discovering What Works for You
To lose weight and, more importantly, keep it off, you have to determine what works best for you. This site is not geared towards selling any “miracle” cure for obesity. What we do address here are the advantages and disadvantages of different methods. This site provides information that will help you make informed choices about weight loss. (We know that no single technique works for everyone, and we won’t pretend it does.)