Living with obesity

Estimates show rates of obesity worldwide have more than doubled since 1980, meaning more than 600 million adults are now believed to be living with obesity.

Several factors influence body weight, including appetite signals, genetics, behaviour and the social environment. Furthermore, if you have obesity, we now know that after losing weight, your body undergoes biological changes that will make it difficult to maintain weight loss. For example, it has been shown that after losing weight, the signals that trigger appetite in your body may increase, potentially leading to overeating. These signals may persist for over a year after your initial weight loss.

The good news is that you may not need to lose as much weight as you think to see improvements in your health. Even a modest weight loss of 5-10% can lead to significant health benefits and quality of life improvement, including a reduction in blood pressure and decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Excess weight deserves serious attention when speaking with your healthcare professional. If you are living with obesity, talk to your healthcare professional to evaluate your overall health and discuss a comprehensive and individualised approach to managing your weight.