Changing the endpoints for determining effective obesity management

Ross, Robert, Blair, Steve, de Lannoy, Louise, Despres, Jean-Pierre and Lavie, Carl J. (2015) Changing the endpoints for determining effective obesity management. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 57 4: 330-336. doi:10.1016/j.pcad.2014.10.002

Author Ross, Robert
Blair, Steve
de Lannoy, Louise
Despres, Jean-Pierre
Lavie, Carl J.
Title Changing the endpoints for determining effective obesity management
Journal name Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-1740
Publication date 2015-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.pcad.2014.10.002
Open Access Status
Volume 57
Issue 4
Start page 330
End page 336
Total pages 7
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO United States
Publisher W.B. Saunders
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Health authorities worldwide recommend weight loss as a primary endpoint for effective obesity management. Despite a growing public awareness of the importance of weight loss and the spending of billions of dollars by Americans in attempts to lose weight, obesity prevalence continues to rise. In this report we argue that effective obesity management in today’s environment will require a shift in focus from weight loss as the primary endpoint, to improvements in the causal behaviors; diet and exercise/physical activity (PA). We reason that increases in PA combined with a balanced diet are associated with improvement in many of the intermediate risk factors including cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) associated with obesity despite minimal or no weight loss. Consistent with this notion, we suggest that a focus on healthy behaviors for the prevention of additional weight gain may be an effective way of managing obesity in the short term.
Keyword Obesity
Physical activity
Weight loss
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print Oct 25 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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