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Diet, exercise beneficial for severely obese

Posted October 26, 2010

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that diet and exercise are effective in helping severely obese people lose weight.

"These severely obese people can respond to, what's considered really, a traditional diet and exercise program to lose a significant and meaningful amount of weight,” said Dr. Bret H. Goodpaster with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Researchers looked at 130 severely obese adults for a year. Half followed a diet and exercise plan in a behavioral lifestyle intervention, while the other half received the diet plan but did not start exercising until six months into the yearlong study.

Results show that the group that was physically active during the entire study lost 27 pounds. The group that only got physical activity only in the second six months lost 23 pounds.

"These severely obese people also have meaningful changes in their blood pressure, their insulin resistance, which has been shown to be strongly associated to diabetes risk,” Goodpaster said. “They lose waist circumference, so they lose belly fat in addition to their overall weight loss."

Researchers focused on the severely obese because it is a population that hasn't really been examined in previous weight-loss studies.


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  • gnewsome1 Nov 1, 2010

    Burning more calories than you take in = weight loss, same as always.

  • jmo4 Nov 1, 2010

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  • Leftwing Nov 1, 2010

    How much tax money went to support this "theory"? Eat 1800 calories a day you people - I guarantee you will lose weight. Stop blaming peoples metabolisms, genetics and hormones. Eat reasonably.

  • darvis Oct 29, 2010

    This is a no-brainer. Balance and moderation in your diet combined with regular exercise is the only long-term solution to weight loss.

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  • HappyGirl08 Oct 29, 2010

    Wow, thanks for that ground breaking study Captain Obvious!

  • busyb97 Oct 29, 2010

    Definitely a DUH moment....but it's sad how many people use the arguments that Diet and Exercise will NOT work for them. They have some "reason" (aka- excuse) for why they need something else. Or just lazy and impatient.

    As far as 27 lbs in a year- that's actually the healthy way to lose it. We're all programmed by shows like Biggest Loser and see these people losing 10+ a WEEK...but we don't see the grueling 8 hrs they spend in the gym! Most weight loss programs recommend 1/2 to 2 lbs per that was about 1/2 lb a week. That's a REALISTIC weight loss.

  • freddie cadetti 72 Oct 29, 2010

    How much did I lose ($$$) of my tax money for you funding this "are you smarter than a 2 yr old" study?

  • MillerB Oct 29, 2010

    I want to know what beaurocratic retard actually approved the funding for this idiotic study? I'm betting it was WRAL that provided the funding. They were running out of stupid articles to write.

  • MillerB Oct 29, 2010

    Vietnam Vet- You took the words right out of my mouth!! This is what's called a "WTH?!!" moment.