Editorial: We must address metabolic syndrome

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Metabolic syndrome and metabolically health appear to worse in those without motivation to lose weight.

Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic Syndrome

The researchers used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2011–2016) to conduct a cross-sectional analysis of 4509 adults with excess weight. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome and a metabolically healthy status was estimated by a no desire to lose weight status. The prevalence ratios were estimated, adjusting for demographic characteristics, to compare the prevalence of metabolic syndrome and a metabolically healthy status between those with and without a desire to lose weight​[1]​.

Among adults who were overweight, the crude prevalence of metabolic syndrome was 28.9% in the group that wanted to lose weight versus 36.0% in the no desire group. Among adults with obesity, the crude prevalence of metabolic syndrome was in the group with a desire to lose weight versus 63.2% in that that lacked the desire. Nearly all adults with obesity had at least one component of Metabolic syndrome regardless of DSW status.

The bottom line: Nearly two-thirds of obese adults and one-quarter of overweight adults with no desire to lose weight have metabolic syndrome. It is of dire importance for the fure of America and the world that we develop a plan to attack metabolic syndrome before it bankrupts the world. A majority of adults who were overweight or obese without a desire to lose weight have at least one component of MetS. We truly need to make inroads into making in motivation to lose weight. More research is needed.

Reference:

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    J. Kim and A. G. Hartzema, “Metabolic syndrome and metabolically healthy status in adults with overweight or obesity, expressing no desire to lose weight,” Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, pp. 47–53, Jan. 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2019.11.007. [Online]. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orcp.2019.11.007
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I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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