The authors of a new study suggest that the majority of people with severe obesity have a lonely and prolonged struggle with their weight, contradicting views that this group is not trying to lose weight.
The study, published in Obesity, is based on findings from the Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) Study which was designed to compare outcomes in patients with obesity treated by bariatric surgery and a matched control group given usual care. In this study, researchers analysed self‐reported weight‐loss methods and weight changes over 10 years from the SOS control group.
They found the majority of participants reported continuous efforts to lose weight. At 10 years, 12.5 per cent of the participants had lost at least 10 per cent body weight and 22.3 per cent had gained at least 10 per cent in weight. Participants who lost or gained weight reported similar usage of weight-loss methods.
"The study shows that people with severe obesity constantly try to reduce or control their weight and do so for a long time. If one believes that this group is not trying to lose weight, these results contradict those views," said author Ingrid Larsson.