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Diets Don't Work Long-Term

Most Who Go on Diets Gain Weight Back; Lifestyle Change Needed

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Fernstrom says it's high time that America treated obesity like the medical problem it is.

"We have to change as a nation and as a culture," she says.

One change she'd like to see is insurance coverage to pay for the cost of professional assistance with lifestyle change.

"My patients tell me every single day they can't believe that lifestyle change isn't covered by insurance but weight loss surgery is," Fernstrom says.

Meanwhile, Fernstrom says, people who want to achieve and maintain a healthy weight should start working at lifestyle changes they can maintain -- even if it means not losing weight, but just staying at the same weight.

Elements of this lifestyle change, she says, include moderating food intake, increasing physical activity, managing stress without food, and getting treatment for depression and other illnesses that get in the way.

Even though diets don't work all by themselves, Mann agrees that there's much people can do.

"I am not saying 'Don't diet' -- I'm just saying people should try to eat healthy food in moderation and exercise like mad," she says.

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