What are the benefits of losing a small amount of weight if I'm obese?

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Research shows that if you're overweight, even a very modest weight loss can yield big rewards. A weight loss of only 5% to 10% of your body weight can immediately lower your risk for many diseases, particularly heart disease and stroke. And if you're able to maintain a healthy weight, you extend these benefits. What's more, you'll probably have more energy, higher self-esteem, and a brighter outlook.
Obesity is a preventable condition. Increasing physical activity and modifying food intake should be the first line of treatment, both proactively and therapeutically. Even sustained, modest reductions in weight can have profound benefits.

Losing as little as 5% of your total body weight may:
  • reduce your risk of coronary heart disease
  • delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes
  • decrease stress on your hips, knees and back, and lessen inflammation in your body
  • reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis
Losing 10% of your total body weight may:
  • increase life expectancy by two to seven months
  • reduce expected lifetime medical care costs by $2,200 to $5,300

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.