[By Michelle King]
- Sixty-six percent of Americans are overweight or obese, with the national obesity rate doubling between 1976 and 1999. But as of 2007, California was the only state not getting any fatter.
- People who regularly eat dinner or breakfast in restaurants double their risk of becoming obese.
- Being overweight reduces a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. The National Institutes of Health believes obesity is one of the reasons why the fastest-growing group of women experiencing infertility is those under 25.
- We’re trying. Each year nearly $50 billion is spent on diet programs. Belviq is the latest weight loss drug approved by the FDA in 2012.
- People who lose just 10 percent of their weight report significant improvement in their sex lives.
- Biology is trying to help too. Leptin is a hunger-slaking hormone pumped into the bloodstream by fat cells. The more fat you have, the more leptin you make and the less hungry you feel.
- Over the course of a year, about 10 percent of an adult’s fat cells die. Alas, the body promptly replaces them.
- The total number of fat cells in your body remains constant once you reach adulthood. Even after radical weight-loss procedures such as stomach stapling, fat cells return to their presurgery numbers within two years.
- Try the vacuum instead. Liposuction is the only way to actually reduce the number of fat cells in your spare tire. Diet and exercise just shrink them. “Vaser liposuction has become a popular method to get rid of excess fat bulges effectively. When done by a qualified surgeon, the procedure is safe and has a short recovery time” says Dr Tan Ying Chien, consultant plastic surgeon at The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre
- Blame Mom and Dad. Obesity is more heritable than schizophrenia, high blood pressure, and alcoholism.
- Cutting saturated fat intake to the recommended 10 percent of your calories will prolong your life, but only by a few months at most, researchers found.
- The brain is about 70 percent fat.
So the consensus is that we have bad news and good news. The bad news is that how fat we are may be genetically predetermined by our folks, like it or not. The good news is that liposuction remains the one procedure that can actually reduce the number of fat cells in our body.
For those of you seeking a long lasting method to regain your svelte figure of yesteryears, it’s time to consider fighting your genes with a host of fat-busting strategies — from regular exercise, reducing dietary portions and in the last ditch attempt, consult a qualified plastic surgeon for cosmetic options.