Can I lose weight if I was overweight as a child?

Can I lose weight if I was overweight as a child?

Yes! You can lose weight if you’ve always been overweight.

Approximately 2,000 adults who have lost an average of 72.6 lbs and kept it off for more than five years were overweight as children.

These are members of the National Weight Control Registry:

  • 46% of members were overweight before the age of 12.
  • 72% of members were overweight by the age of 18.

What does overweight mean?

Overweight is generally defined by your Body Mass Index (BMI).

How they lost weight

Members lost weight and kept it off by:

Find out more about how they kept the weight off, what motivated them to lose weight, and the benefits they’re experiencing from losing weight.

Don’t give up!

Studies published by the NWCR have proved that you can still lose weight, even if:

Rena R Wing and Suzanne Phelan. Long-term weight loss maintenance. Am. J. Clinical Nutrition, Jul 2005; 82: 222s-225s.
Wyatt, H.R., Phelan, S. Wing, R.R., and James O. Hill. Lessons from Patients Who Have Successfully Maintained Weight Loss. University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Center for Human Nutrition, Denver CO, Brown University, Providence, RI. Published in Obesity Management, April 2005.

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