Can Obesity be Cured?
Being classed as obese is very different from carrying a few extra pounds: being obese means you are chronically overweight and your levels of body fat are dangerously high. Unfortunately, thanks to unhealthy diets and poor lifestyle choices, thousands of people are admitted to hospital for obesity related health every year, which is why it is so important that you try to lose excess weight.
There is no such thing as a magic cure for obesity. Even if you manage to achieve substantial weight loss, unless you are prepared to adopt a healthier lifestyle, you will probably regain the weight again over time. However, although obesity cannot be cured, it can be treated and your weight controlled through a variety of different methods.
Healthy Diet and Exercise
Eating too much and not taking enough exercise is the main cause of obesity, so switching to a healthy diet and exercising regularly is the first thing obese patients can try if they want to reach a healthier weight. Restricting your calorific intake and burning more calories than you consume is a sure fire way to lose weight, but it requires commitment and motivation. Such a plan also means you have to be prepared to stick to your new lifestyle choices forever as the moment you revert back to eating junk food and taking very little exercise, the weight will begin to pile back on and you will be back at square one again.
Lots of people are seduced by crash diets, and they can lead to rapid weight loss, but obesity is best tackled by following a sensible eating and exercise regime where weight loss is gradual and therefore more sustainable in the long term.
Of course not everyone has the willpower to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan, which is why there are other treatments for obesity available. Medications can be taken that claim to reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the body, which leads to weight loss, or for more extreme cases of morbid obesity, weight loss surgery is an effective solution.
A gastric band procedure constricts the size of the stomach, which reduces the amount of food the patient is able to eat, leading to rapid weight loss. Gastric bypass surgery permanently reduces the length of the digestive tract, which stops the body from digesting large amounts of food. Both of these procedures are very effective for morbidly obese patients, but they can cause all kinds of complications and are not a permanent cure for obesity if the patient refuses to change their unhealthy dietary habits.
Pharmaceutical companies strive to find a solution to aid those suffering from obesity. Medical trials testing potential treatments are a valuable part of the process of trying to find a cure. If you’d be interested in participating in a paid medical trial about obesity, you can find more details at the PAREXEL registration site http://www.drugtrial.co.uk/