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Obesity has six different types, different medications needed for treatment

Obesity has six different types, different medications needed for treatment

Obesity has six different types, different medications needed for treatment

Obesity is bad for health and extreme obesity is worse than anything. It makes you look bad and makes you immovable in many cases.

This is not all. Obesity also causes life-threatening diseases and millions and millions of people lose their lives thanks to these diseases that have their genesis in obesity.

But a path-breaking research has claimed that there are not one but six different types of obese people and targeting them by type results in better treatment than a one-size-fits-all approach, says a study.

obesity in US kidsSo, one treatment for all the people is not going to be useful anymore. The six groups identified by researchers from the University of Sheffield in Britain are young males who were heavy drinkers, middle-aged individuals who were unhappy and anxious, older people who despite living with physical health conditions were happy, younger healthy females, older affluent healthy adults and individuals with very poor health.

While talking about the development lead researcher Mark Green says, “Policies designed to tackle obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles often target individuals just because they are obese. But a focus on just the group as a whole is not very efficient”. The research showed that those in the groups that we identified will respond differently to different health promotion policies, he pointed out. The researchers suggested that alcohol reduction could help tackle obesity in young adults while for middle-aged individuals who are unhappy and anxious, an intervention involving increasing exercise mixed with psycho-social counselling could be beneficial.

Researchers are of the view that young healthy females may not need any intervention, the study noted. For those in the poorest health group, the study showed, advice surrounding exercise may not be reasonable and much more modest goals may be needed and for the affluent healthy elderly weight loss could be a priority. For the study, the researchers used data from the Yorkshire Health Study which included 4,144 obese individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. The findings appeared in the Journal of Public Health.

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