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One out of six US adults are successful in their long-term weight loss maintenance says a new study published this month by the International Journal of Obesity.  This success rate is significantly higher than other previous clinical trials and observational studies according the said study.

The researchers came up with this subject “long-term weight loss maintenance” because most of the previous studies only focused only on the rising overweight and obesity epidemic in the United States.

In this study, more than fourteen thousand participants belonging to the age group of 20 to 84 years old were recruited.  Recruits who were not overweight or obese where excluded.  Long term weight loss maintenance was defined as weight loss maintained for at least one year.

After the observational period of more than one year, the result showed that 17.3 percent of the participants were able to maintain at least ten percent of their weight loss for at least 1 year and it was noted that this weight loss prevalence was more in the participants with ages ranging from 75 to 84 years of age.  Furthermore, more non-Hispanics and females were successful in maintaining their weight loss compared to their Hispanic and male counterparts.

This study showed that the present American adults are more successful in keeping off the extra pounds they have shed than previously thought.

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