Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Twenty-to-Fifty Percent Weight Loss Can Greatly Improve Health

Reports in the past have indicated that even a 10% weight loss can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Now a new study done at the New York University School of Medicine shows that for someone with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40, a weight loss of 20 to 50% can resolve or greatly improve type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea, in addition to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

To give you some idea of what the above BMI range means, for someone who is six feet tall, a BMI of 30 is equivalent to approximately 225 pounds. And for this person, a BMI of 40 is equivalent to approximately 300 pounds.

We think that the New York University study results are important because many times, even with bariatric surgery, people don't achieve 100% of their weight-loss goals. However, based on the study, even if you don't achieve one hundred percent of your goal, you can greatly improve your health, and probably your quality of life, by losing some weight.

This is important information for a weight loss or bariatric center, since a center can impress on prospective customers the benefits of almost any weight loss. Imparting this information should be an integral part of all ongoing weight loss or weight management programs. And integrating this information into its marketing endeavors should be among the activities a bariatric or weight loss center engages in.


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