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Yo-Yo Dieters Don’t Necessarily Lack Willpower

Study Finds Yo-Yo Dieters Can Stick to a Weight-Loss Diet and Exercise Program, but Can They Keep the Pounds Off?

Slimming Down: The Big Picture continued...

Stevens notes that the people in her study were born around the time of World War II, when childhood obesity wasn’t as big a problem as it is now. "They just got fatter as they got older," she says. Today, though, people start weight cycling as teenagers, and the timing could make a difference as far as risk of death, Stevens says. "I think that’s going to be a really important question to address."

So is it worth trying yet again to slim down?

"Women should keep trying," McTiernan says. "If nothing else, losing weight again gives you a period of time at a lower weight, which improves your health for however long you keep the weight off."

The study appears online in the journal Metabolism.

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