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  • Trying to weight with no weight change still reduces risk of death by 20%

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    Thursday, September 04, 2008 3:11 pm Email this article
    Trying to lose weight, even if you do not lose any weight, reduces the risk of death according to a 2003 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that followed 6391 overweight and obese persons with a body mass index of 25 or more who were at least 35 years of age.

    People who tried to lose weight but had no weight change were still 20 percent less likely to die over a 9-year period compared to people who were not trying to lose weight and reported no weight change.

    I assume that many of these people initially lost weight, but then regained the weight that they had lost. Conclusion

    Conclusion: Even trying to lose weight reduces the risk of death

    “Attempted weight loss is associated with lower all-cause mortality, independent of weight change,” the researchers concluded.



    Comment: I assume most of this is due to increased exercise

    My guess would be that most of this decrease in the risk of death is probably due to an increase in exercise which has benefits even without weight loss.


    Patient Summary of Study

    Patient summary of the study posted here

    A summary of the study for patients in PDF format can be found here.


    Gregg E, Gerzoff R, Thompson T, Williamson D. Intentional weight loss and death in overweight and obese u.s. Adults 35 years of age and older. Ann Intern Med. 2003 Mar 4, 138(5):383-89.


    E. Gregg
    Division of Diabetes Translation
    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    4770 Buford Highway NE, Mailstop K-10
    Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA
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