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Large changes needed to address global obesity epidemic
Date:2/17/2008

e health experts call it globesity with more than 1 billion adults overweight and at least 300 million of them clinically obese.

Hill will argue that small daily changes, say using the stairs, are enough to prevent incremental weight gain that can lead to obesity. Wing, however, will make the case that much larger life-style changes say exercising 60 to 90 minutes a day are needed to prevent weight regain.

Our data from the National Weight Control Registry suggests strategies associated with suc-cessful weight maintenance include high levels of physical activity and conscious control of eat-ing habits, said Wing. Dieters who remain diligent about diet and exercise are much less likely to gain weight back.

Examples of conscious control include frequent weighing, following a consistent dietary regimen across the weekdays and weekends, and taking fast action if small weight gains are observed.

Wing will also present new research findings that support the notion that large behavior changes are necessary in maintaining a normal weight even in those who may not have to overcome a genetic or physiological propensity toward obesity.

Theres no way around it, Wing said. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to really change your lifestyle, particularly if youre overweight or have a family history of obesity. The obesity epidemic wont go away simply because people switch from whole to skim milk. They need to substantially cut their calories and boost their physical activity to get to a healthy weight and keep minding the scale once they do.


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Contact: Wendy Lawton
Wendy_Lawton@brown.edu
401-837-6055
Brown University
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