What to expect:
Benefits of 10-15% weight loss on health
The value of 10-15% weight loss
When it comes to managing your patients with obesity, it's important to communicate that weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of developing obesity related complications.
Some complications are more sensitive to weight loss than others and a weight loss of as little as 5% has been seen to have significant and long-standing health benefits. However, with increasing weight loss, the benefits in improving complications increase, and additional improvements are seen with a weight loss of 10–15%, or more.1-13
Weight maintenance and its impact on health
Below is an overview showing how much weight loss and maintenance of weight loss is needed to improve some of the most prevalent weight-related complications.5,14
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