Introduction to Weight Loss
An Epidemic Of Obesity
According to the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980 and in 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese. Their research also shows that 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese. They found that most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. These numbers describe a tragic public health situation. Being overweight increases a person's risk of serious illness. A very large (and growing) percentage of citizens are at increased risk for developing serious chronic diseases, and face the prospect of early disability or death as the result of being overweight. Meanwhile the entire society struggles under the burden of the resulting increase in health care costs.
This document concerns weight loss, an issue constantly on many people's minds. Most everyone wants to be slim and toned, but the reality is that it is far easier to gain weight than to lose it. On the following pages causes of weight gain are reviewed, along with numerous reasons why people should devote the effort necessary to reduce their weight to recommended levels. Having provided motivation for a weight loss program, we conclude with a discussion of weight loss methods, and suggestions for achieving permanent healthy weight loss. Get started now by turning the page.