A latest report suggests that self-monitoring plays as important role as weight loss drugs and tips while dealing with obesity
A report compiled by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researchers has come to the conclusion that if you really want to lose weight, you need to keep track of what you are eating. The report suggests that monitoring is as important in the case of weight loss as dieting.
Obesity is becoming a national issue in the US. Around twenty five per cent are overweight, with many of them severely overweight. Though it has not become an election issue as yet, but in coming years –some ten to twenty years from now –it is certainly going to become an election issue.
There are reasons to believe that the issue has become so much severe that this epidemic of obesity cannot be removed from the American landscape with the sort of efforts we are making. It needs a number of drastic steps and the willingness of people to cooperate in eating healthy and not be enticed by the sort of food we have become accustomed to eat. Sometimes ago, Institute of Medicine came out with a well-researched document showing how widespread the epidemic has become. Many are saying that the issue is taking an endemic proportion. In its detailed report, the Institute of Medicine says, that two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese. The report goes on to say that if obesity is allowed to spread further without imposing checks obesity’s effects on health, health care costs, and our productivity as a nation could become catastrophic.
Now the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center says that even evaluation of how many calories one is consuming, may also improve the weight loss problems in many adults. It suggests that self monitoring of dietary behaviour among obese people help them lose weight faster. The report studied around 125 people who volunteered to be evaluated and came to the conclusion that those people who wrote details about what and how much they were eating lost six more pounds than the ones who didn’t write those details. Dr. Anne McTiernan under whom the research was conducted says, “accountability, knowing what you’re eating and how much, and how that all adds up compared with your calorie goal for losing weight”.