More Obesity News from The Lancet

August 30, 2011
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This is via Kevin Outterson at The Incidental Economist.

What does it take to lose weight?

This is via Kevin Outterson at The Incidental Economist.

What does it take to lose weight?

Experts have underestimated how significant calorie reductions need to be in order to lose sustained weight. The new models call for daily caloric reductions in range of 30 – 40% for very significant weight loss (i.e., a 220 pound sedentary man reducing his 3000 calorie/day diet down to 1800 per day, in order to lose 44 pounds in 6 months).

What difference would it make?

Obesity-related health costs in the US will reach $28 billion in 2020. This sounds like a lot until you compare it to US national health expenditures in 2020: