About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Even Modest Weight Reduction in Obesity is a Form of Harm Reduction

by Iswarya on February 12, 2019 at 9:49 AM
Font : A-A+

Even Modest Weight Reduction in Obesity is a Form of Harm Reduction

Risk of Type 2 diabetes raises with increasing body weight. But a new study finds that even a modest weight loss of 5 percent to 10 percent in six months is enough to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes and other obesity-related diseases.

Studies indicate that those who are obese are 3 to 7 times more likely to acquire this condition than those with a normal weight. The risk increases by 20 times in people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 kg/m2.


The first-ever conference on harm reduction that was held on 30th January 2019, organized by HCFI and IJCP, discussed this and more.

It highlighted the need for a balanced diet in maintaining weight. We must lose strength. This is a fundamental medical principle. If we gain weight and feel week, it is a disease, and when we lose weight and gain strength, we are recovering from the disease. One is not supposed to gain more than 5kg of weight after the age of 20 years.

Any weight gain after that will only be due to the accumulation of fat which leads to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance does not allow food to convert into energy. In the state of insulin resistance, whatever you eat, it is converted into fat. As it is not converted into energy and you feel week.

When you reduce insulin resistance by drugs or walking the metabolism becomes normal and whatever you eat gets converted into energy months. The body can self-regulate its intake of solid food.

However, the same does not apply to what we drink. The body does not adjust to liquid calories, so over time, it leads to weight gain. It is not essential to achieve an ideal weight. The medical aim is to reduce weight to prevent the onset of diabetes in obesity. Any weight reduction is better than no weight reduction. Even 1 kg of weight loss is good for harm reduction.

Some tips and recommendations

Sugar levels and the production of insulin

In those with insulin resistance, this surge can lead to further weight gain. Get your blood glucose levels monitored at regular intervals.

Source: Medindia


Recommended Reading

Latest Obesity News

Look Beyond Diet and Exercise to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Tackling obesity in children: Interventions focusing on eating a healthy diet and practicing regular exercise alone won't prevent childhood obesity.
Children of Obese Moms Become Obese Adults
Moms who eat unhealthy foods and are obese during pregnancy are more likely to deliver kids who are at increased risk of becoming obese adults.
Mobile Food Pantry Solves Food Insecurity
Choice-based mobile food pantry program has the potential to reduce household food insecurity, improve diet quality, and tackle obesity among children.
Gut Health and Obesity: Role of Bacterial Indicator Species
New study attempts to identify bacterial indicator species of obesity and metabolic syndrome in adult and pediatric patients.
 Natural Peptide May Help Reverse Obesity-Related Diseases
A new therapeutic approach using natural peptides may tackle the root cause of obesity-related conditions by preventing systemic inflammation.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Even Modest Weight Reduction in Obesity is a Form of Harm Reduction Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests