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Why Do We Regain Weight?



The journey doesn’t really end once you’ve hit your weight loss goal. Once you achieve your desired weight, another goal is automatically set: Keeping the weight off. Some may find this more difficult than losing the weight to begin with, and according to some research there could be some medical reasons behind that.

The Endocrine Society recently released a new statement recommending more research to understand what causes difficulty with long-term weight loss. The statement suggest that it could be more of a biological issue as opposed to a dieter’s unwillingness to continue to do what earned them the weight loss to begin with.

Authors of the statement believe that once the dieter has lost the weight, the combination of decreased energy expended while hunger increased is the perfect recipe for weight regain. “Our therapeutic focus has traditionally been on achieving weight reduction. Most patients can do this; what they have the most trouble with is keeping the weight off,” says Michael W. Schwartz, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle, and the chair of the task force that authored the statement.

Obesity is an awfully expensive issue in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, it costs an estimated $147 million a year to treat obesity. That amount includes treatment for those that lost the weight and regained it. So the question is, what can be done to keep the weight off?

Your best chance at maintaining the weight loss is to going into it with a plan. The beginning part of the process will likely be the most difficult, just like it was when the journey originally started, but with the right focus and the right people behind you it can’t be done.

Although the statement issued by The Endocrine Society emphasized learning the factors for regained weight, that isn’t the only thing they felt deserved further research. Other issues that they felt merit more research were: brain imaging to better understand appetite and feeding behavior, effect of socioeconomic status on obesity risk, the role that diet composition plays in the development of obesity, and more.

Source: The Endocrine Society

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation

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One-Third of the World is Overweight and We Are Part of the Problem



According to a recent article by CNN, 2 billion adults and children worldwide – the equivalent of one-third of the world’s population -- is overweight, and the U.S. is among the countries most severely affected.

The article reflected the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that included 195 countries and territories. The study also notes that an increasing number of people globally are dying from comorbid conditions related to obesity, such as cardiovascular disease.

“People who shrug off weight gain do so at their own risk -- risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other life-threatening conditions,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, who worked on the study. “Those half-serious New Year’s resolutions to lose weight should become year-round commitments to lose weight and prevent future weight gain,” he said in a statement.

The conclusions of the study do important work in highlighting obesity as a growing concern in global public health as a chronic condition in and of itself; however, researchers also hope to educate the public at large about the link between obesity and other diseases in the hopes that preventative measures and treatment can help people avert early mortality. Almost 70 percent of deaths related to an elevated BMI in the analysis were due to cardiovascular disease, killing 2.7 million people in 2015, with diabetes being the second leading cause of death.

The study notes that obesity rates rose in all countries studied, irrespective of the country’s income level. “Changes in the food environment and food systems are probably major drivers,” they write. “Increased availability, accessibility, and affordability of energy dense foods, along with intense marketing of such foods, could explain excess energy intake and weight gain among different populations.”

While obesity rates continue to rise in the U.S., with approximately one-third of our own adult population being overweight or obese, we are luckier than other countries to have access to medical resources that can help curb this epidemic. Now more than ever, the need to begin treating obesity is becoming a public health imperative and medical providers are being called on to lead the charge. (Interested in learning how obesity treatment affects population health? Register for this free webcast!)

Treating obesity is easier than you may think, especially when you work with an experienced partner. Robard takes all the guess work out of treating obesity, and provides all the tools and resources to get you started within 60 days. Join in the conversation that’s happening, not just around the country, but around the world, and learn more about medical weight management today.




Source: CNN

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation



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You Can Change Lives

You Can Change Lives

Obesity impacts one in three adults in the United States. That’s one in three who at this moment is facing serious health problems. One in three faces losing their job. One in three faces mounting medical bills, immobility and/or disability. One in three experiences shame and social stigma. One in three is at risk for premature death. One in three doesn’t know where to turn to for help.

But you can make a difference.

We asked medical providers why they do what they do, and unanimously, the answer was to change lives. And during our more than 40 years in business, Robard customers have succeeded in doing just that. Our success stories show the difference losing the weight can have in a person’s life, and we’re proud to partner with healthcare providers to make a difference.

Whether or not you have considered treating obesity, start here: You have the power to change lives… and we can help.

What could it look like to change a life? Watch the video below, and then contact Robard to learn more.




Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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