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Maintaining a Stable Weight Better Than Fluctuations

Although it's very important to lose those extra pounds if you're overweight or obese, you can really jeopardize your health by allowing your weight to fluctuate. In fact, gaining just 15 pounds or more over several years puts people at greater jeopardy of developing risk factors for heart disease than maintaining a stable weight -- even one that is considered obese, according to a new study.

In a 15-year study of some 2,500 adults, only 18 percent kept their weight stable. The remainder increased their body mass index by about 15 pounds. Nearly 20 percent of the patients who gained weight developed metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that are indicators that an individual is at increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Less than 4 percent in the stable weight group had metabolic syndrome by the end of the study.

The healthiest ways for you to fight obesity and get a better handle on your weight:

EurekAlert November 7, 2004

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