Modest weight loss a boon to health

Overweight and obese individuals can achieve ten years of important health benefits by losing just 20 pounds, even if they regain the weight later that decade. This is according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention. The session also examined research that indicates foods high in sugar and fat could have addictive properties.

Weight losses of just 10 percent of a person’s body weight (or about 20 pounds in those who weigh 200 pounds) have also been shown to have a long-term impact on sleep apnea, hypertension and quality of life, and to slow the decline in mobility that occurs as people age.