In 1986, just one of 200 U.S. adults were 50# over their ideal weight. In 2000, it was one of 20, up 1000% in 14 years. And stomach surgery the treatment of choice if you have a Body Mass Index of 35 and 2 related medical problems. It is riskiest for those who need it most.
Who qualifies? A 5-foot-10 man, if he weighs 244 pounds (300 pounds is a BMI of 40, and no extra diseases needed). A 5-foot-4 woman, if she is 204 pounds (240 pounds give her a BMI of 40). Those with a BMI of 50 are now 1 in 400, up from 1 in 2000 in 1986–a 500% increase. Calculate your BMI free.
The good news: people who qualify for stomach surgery are no different psychologically than other overweight people.
What works? Straightforward accountability, self-monitoring, individualization of diet, and adequate enjoyable deliberate activity. Learn more.