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Weight loss is invariably American’s number one personal goal. As an overweight society, weight loss has become one of the biggest industries in the United States. Other countries, while they do have a small percentage of overweight people, do not have even 50% of the United States struggle with weight loss. Weight loss can, however, be an unintentional and unexplained phenomenon. Unintentional weight loss should be reviewed by a physician as it can be a sign of serious illness.

Weight loss is typically recommended for people who are 20 or more pounds overweight. Being overweight can lead to diabetes, heart attack, stroke, early death, and complicate pregnancy. Those who are significantly overweight complain of joint and foot pain, foot disfigurement from an inability to find proper shoes, and chronic fatigue.

WEIGHT LOSS RISK FACTOR

Weight problems can have various contributing factors, most of which has to do with lifestyle and the ability to make healthy choices. Snack foods, preprocessed foods, and candy are all contributors of weight problems. While it is true that thyroid problems can contribute to obesity, thyroid problems can be medicated. Some prescription medications cause significant weight gain such as prednisone, and other medications such as antidepressants.
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The majority of obese people are victims of diet. Eating too much, having little to no education on what the food groups are and how they impact weight, and making chronically poor choices are often issues that are handed down from one generation to another. Children who come from obese households run a very high risk of becoming obese themselves.

Often doctors will encourage overweight patients to lose weight. Weight indicator charts allow both physicians and patients see exactly where a patient’s body weight should be by figuring in their age and height.

WEIGHT LOSS COMPLICATIONS

Overweight people are at risk for complications regarding their overall health. Heart attacks and strokes lead the list, but other complications exist such as kidney problems, joint problems, breathing problems, and breast problems in women. Underweight people are at risk for serious health issues as well, including osteoporosis, the inability to fight infection, the inability to regulate body temperature, and even death.

WEIGHT LOSS TREATMENT

Obese treatments vary, and most doctors still insist that the absolute best way to fight obesity is to reduce caloric intake and increase caloric output. Burning more calories than a person puts in invariably leads to weight loss. While the media has barraged television and magazine viewers with magic diet pills that will peel the pounds off for you, the Mayo Clinic studies have found no conclusive evidence that these pills do anything. Weight loss supplements, drinks, prepackaged foods, workout DVDs, surgically reducing the size of the stomach, and weight loss programs are all weight loss ideas that have become part of Americana. Some work reasonably well while others have not been proven to enhance permanent weight loss. Anything that promotes the burning of energy such as exercise DVDs has potential. Prepackaged weight loss meals teach people how to make better choices, and group programs help people stay in the program.

WEIGHT LOSS DIAGNOSIS

Unintentional weight loss may be the result of an illness or depression. Diagnosing the problem is the key to stopping the weight loss and encouraging healthy body weight. Unintentional weight loss that can be attributed to lack of appetite may be caused by medication. Many people who have lost weight unintentionally do not wish to gain the weight back.
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Losing weight is a struggle, and patients need to be motivated in order to be successful. They need to stop believing the media hype that promises weight loss of unreasonable weight in very short amounts of time. Dropping too much weight in a short time is not healthy. Real weight loss comes from a dedicated effort to chronically make healthy food choices and exercising regularly. Patients need to set reasonable goals for themselves and ask for their physician’s assistance in the best weight loss program for them.


Underweight individuals need to recognize that they are unhealthy and learn to manage their weight issues with more care, without just eating high calorie, high fat foods.

Coping with weight issues can be a chronic lifetime struggle. Every time the patient exercises and makes good choices, they are winning the battle. Every time they can see the results on a scale or when they put their clothes on, they receive positive feedback. Positive feedback reinforces the positive behavior.

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