Why Do Some People Lose Weight and Keep It Off? Ten Common Steps for Successful Weight Loss Over the Lifespan

  • Larry C. James

The health and psychological consequences of weight problems and obesity have been well documented over the past 30 years. Pi-Sunyer (1991) and Van Itallie (1985) documented more than 15–20 years ago the adverse effects of obesity. Wadden and Stunkard (2002), Baum, Revenson, and Singer (2001), Manson et al. (1995), Foster, Wadden, Kendall, Stunkard, and Vogt (1996), and Fairburn and Brownell (2005) have all eloquently described the health consequences of obesity. These authors have provided data to document that as one’s weight increases beyond a body mass index (BMI) of 27, morbidity increases as well as diabetes, cancer, essential hypertension, depression, orthopedic problems, negative self-image, and a sense of worthlessness and medical complications from cholesterol disorders.

Needless to say, the obesity research data shown above suggest that it is rather unlikely for an obese patient to lose weight and keep it off. Yet, some researchers have implemented interventions or described...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTripler Army Medical Center, Tripler Army Medical Center, Tripler AMCHonolulu 96859USA

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