Wednesday 21 February 2018

Survey reveals half of New Year dieting resolutions fail

This January many Irish people will make New Year dieting resolutions and unfortunately half will not succeed.

Over two thirds of Irish people are resolving to lose weight this January, yet, of the people who had previously dieted at New Year 47% admitted to being unsuccessful, according to a new survey.

The survey, commissioned by GlaxoSmithKline, makers of the weight loss product Alli, shows that 90% of Irish people do not know what visceral fat is, but after hearing about the associated risks, 79% said they were more motivated to lose weight.

Visceral fat surrounds the vital organs in the abdomen. You can’t see it or feel it but it is a metabolically active fat which, in excess, increases the risk of life threatening disease such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, two of the leading causes of death worldwide.

“Visceral fat is a stronger predictor of premature death than overall weight,” explains Professor Stephan Jacob, one of the contributors to the Report. “Just a little extra visceral fat increases the risk of serious disease, but modest weight loss decreases it considerably.”

Understanding the dangers of visceral fat is highly motivating for people wanting to lose weight. Experts hope that a greater awareness of this hidden fat will help people sustain their weight loss efforts this New Year.

“Most overweight people still see themselves as having a body image issue not a health problem and they need to understand the health benefits of weight loss as well as the cosmetic results.” commented Dr. Terry Maguire, Community Pharmacist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University in Belfast.

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